American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Vol.59() : 1136-1144, 2016
Background :This study explored whether precarious workers have difﬁculties in health
care access as compared with non-precarious workers.
Methods: The 2008 Korean Community Health Survey data were used for this study.
Information was obtained on 51,322 participants (40,514 non-precarious workers and
10,808 precarious workers). Precarious workers were deﬁned as part-time or contingent
Results: Precarious workers had signiﬁcantly higher risk of limited access to hospitals
(OR = 1.14; 95% CI: 1.06–1.22) and dentists (OR = 1.28; 95% CI: 1.21–1.36) than non-
precarious workers; disparities in doctor contacts among precarious workers were mostly
linked to not having enough money. The risk of not receiving preventive care —medical
checkups (OR = 0.52; 95% CI: 0.49–0.55) or cancer screenings (OR = 0.82; 95% CI:
0.77–0.86)—was also signiﬁcantly elevated among precarious workers.
Conclusion: We found that precarious workers had more difﬁ culty accessing health care
or receiving health checkups or cancer screenings than their non-precarious counterparts.