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Inequalities between migrants and non-migrants in accessing and using health services in Greece during an era of economic hardship

Kaitelidou, Daphne, Galanis, Petros, Economou, Charalambos, Mladovsky, Philipa, Siskou, Olga Ch. and Sourtzi, Panayota (2020) Inequalities between migrants and non-migrants in accessing and using health services in Greece during an era of economic hardship. International Journal of Health Services, 50 (4). pp. 444-457. ISSN 0020-7314 (In Press)

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0020731420902604

Abstract

A cross-sectional study was conducted from April 2013 until March 2014 to explore the existence of inequalities in access to and utilization of health services by migrants compared to non-migrants in Greece and to test the influence of various factors on these disparities. Also, we investigated the influence of several socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. Study population included 1,152 migrants and 702 non-migrants. Migrants, participants suffering from a chronic disease, those without health insurance, and patients who assessed their health status as not at all good/a little good/moderate were statistically more likely to report unmet needs in getting their medication. Uninsured participants, females, those unemployed or without a permanent occupational status, and those who assessed their health status as not at all good/a little good/moderate were statistically more likely to report unmet needs in access to health services during the last year. Regarding the use of health services, those with health coverage, non-migrants, and females were statistically more likely to go for a blood test as a hospital outpatient. Greece, despite administrative delays and barriers, provided full coverage to the uninsured, asylum seekers, and migrants, even many groups of undocumented migrants.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/joh
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s)
Divisions: International Development
Social Policy
LSE Health
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 17:18
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2020 12:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103484

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