Differences in accessibility, affordability, and availability (AAA) of medical specialists among three age-groups of elderly people in Israel.

Esther Iecovich, Sara Carmel

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Abstract

Objectives: Older people use more health services due to health problems, but various reasons impede their ability to use health services. The purpose of this study is to examine difficulties in accessing and affording specialist services and to explore the factors that explain these difficulties among elderly people. Methods: The sample included 1,255 respondents in three age groups: 65-75, 76-89, and 90+ years who were interviewed face-to-face in their homes. Results: The findings showed that between 21% and 41% of the respondents encountered difficulties in visiting specialists. Those aged 90+ encountered more accessibility problems and fewer affordability problems compared to their younger counterparts, and those aged 76-89 encountered more availability problems compared to the other two age-groups. Enabling and need factors were the most significant factors in explaining problems in accessing and affording specialist services. Discussion: Recommendations for policy and practice are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)776-797
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2009

Keywords

  • Age Differences
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Health Care Services
  • Medical Personnel
  • Professional Specialization
  • Geriatric Patients
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Economics, Medical
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Services
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Health Services for the Aged
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Medicine
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Specialization
  • Waiting Lists

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