Disparities in Precarious Workers’ Health Care access in South Korea

Authors
Jin-Young MinShin-Goo ParkSang Hee HwangKyoung-Bok Min
Department
Dept. of Dentistry (치과학)
Issue Date
2016
Citation
American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Vol.59() : 1136-1144, 2016
ISSN
0271-3586
Abstract
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 workers. 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.
Keywords
precarious employmenthealth inequalitymedical accessincome inequality
URI
http://kumel.medlib.dsmc.or.kr/handle/2015.oak/32717
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https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ajim.22658
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