Health Insurance and Use of Eye Care Services
Among adults with vision problems, 62.3% (95% CI, 60.3-64.3) of Americans reported having seen an eye care professional in the previous 12 months compared with 55.0% (95% CI, 52.5- 57.4) of Canadians. Privately insured Americans had a higher age-adjusted rate of use of eye care services (67%) than did other Americans or Canadians. Age-adjusted rates of service among publicly insured Americans and Canadians were similar (55% vs 56%), and Americans with no health insurance coverage had the lowest rate (42%). Only 4% of Americans without health insurance reported having optional vision insurance, compared with 58% of Americans with private health insurance, 44% of Americans with public health insurance, and 54% of Canadians.
Use of eye care services among adults with vision problems by type of health insurance
Adults with vision problems who lack optional vision insurance by type of health insurance
Data Source: 2002–2003 Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health
Zhang X, Lee PP, Thompson TJ, et al. Health insurance coverage and use of eye care services. Arch Ophthalmol 2008;126(8):1121–1126.
Note: Age-adjusted percentages were calculated using the projected 2000 US standard population. US-Private represents respondents who had private health insurance with or without public insurance; US-Public, respondents who had only public health insurance including Medicare, Medicaid, Indian Health Service insurance, military insurance, or other public or government insurance; and US-None, respondents who had no health insurance; and Canada, where all respondents had government-provided health insurance. Error bars indicate 95% confidence intervals.
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