Title

Back to Basics: The Role of Health Insurance in Getting a Physical Exam

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Keywords

Drug use, Health care access, Health insurance, Social work

Abstract

The social work profession has a long history of advocacy to improve the human condition, especially for groups of people at high risk of discrimination and marginalization. Social workers have been instrumental in identifying, assessing, treating, and preventing illicit drug use as part of this commitment to advocacy. One component of social work's endeavors on behalf of drug users and other populations-at-risk has been advocating for increased access to health care. This article examines the role that having health insurance plays in obtaining the most basic of all health caregetting a physical examination. Featuring a sample of 1,271 chronic and injecting street drug users and comparison group non-users, the analysis demonstrates that having health insurance enhances access and utilization of health care among this at-risk population. Subjects who had health insurance for even one month of the past twelve were twice as likely to participate in basic health care by having a physical exam. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Journal Title

Social Work in Health Care

Volume

42

Issue

1

First Page

93

Last Page

106

DOI

10.1300/J010v42n01_06

First Department

Behavioral Sciences

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