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Changes in Morbidity and Medical Care Utilization after the Recent Economic Crisis in the Republic of Korea

Authors
 Hanjoong Kim  ;  Woo Jin Chung  ;  Chung Mo Nam  ;  Jee Jeon Yi  ;  Dae Ryong Kang  ;  Young Jong Song 
Citation
 BULLETIN OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, Vol.81(8) : 567-572, 2003 
Journal Title
BULLETIN OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
ISSN
 0042-9686 
Issue Date
2003
MeSH
Adolescent ; Adult ; Aged ; Ambulatory Care/economics ; Ambulatory Care/statistics & numerical data ; Child ; Child, Preschool ; Chronic Disease/epidemiology ; Female ; Health Services/economics ; Health Services/statistics & numerical data* ; Health Surveys ; Hospitalization/economics ; Humans ; Infant ; Infant, Newborn ; Korea/epidemiology ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Morbidity/trends* ; National Health Programs/economics ; National Health Programs/statistics & numerical data* ; Socioeconomic Factors
Keywords
14576888
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To examine and quantify the impact of the recent economic crisis on morbidity and medical care utilization in the Republic of Korea. METHODS: 22 675 people from 6791 households and 43 682 people from 12 283 households were questioned for two nationwide surveys that took place in 1995 and 1998, respectively. A separate sample pretest-posttest design was used and we conducted c2 test and logistic regression analysis after controlling for the maturation effect of the morbidity and medical care utilization. FINDINGS: The morbidity rates of chronic disease and acute disease increased significantly by 27.1% and 9.5%, respectively, whereas the utilization rates of outpatient and inpatient services decreased by 15.1% and 5.2%, respectively. In particular, the pace of decline in the utilization rate of outpatient services varied depending on the type of disease: morbidity rates for mental and behavioural disorders were 13.7%; for cardiovascular disease, 7.1%; and for injury, 31.6%. CONCLUSION: After the Republic of Korean economic crisis, the morbidity and medical care utilization rates changed significantly but the degree of change depended on the type of disease or service. The time-dependent relationship between the national economy and the morbidity and medical care utilization rates needs to be further investigated.
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DOI
10.1590/S0042-96862003000800006
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4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Han Joong(김한중)
Nam, Chung Mo(남정모) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0985-0928
Chung, Woo Jin(정우진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2090-4851
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/114116
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