Uninsured vs. Insured Population: Variation Among Nonelderly Americans

Journal of Health and Social Policy--March 2003
Vol. 17, No. 3
March 2003
Jovanovic, Z., Lin, C.J., and C.H. Chang
pp. 71-85

This study identified the underlying demographic and socioeconomic factors associated with insurance status among nonelderly Americans (age 19-64), as well as compared health care utilization between insured and uninsured. Data from the Community Tracking Study 1996-1997 Household Survey were analyzed. Approximately 74 percent of uninsured Americans are nonelderly Americans. Among the nonelderly Americans, about 17 percent are uninsured. Our findings show that insurance status varies significantly by region, age, race, gender, marital status, income, education, employment status, and health status. Also, the insured nonelderly Americans were found to have better access to health care than the uninsured nonelderly.

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