Wuhan University Reports Findings in Public Health (Use of social … – Insurance News Net

2022 DEC 27 (NewsRx) — By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Daily News — New research on Health and Medicine – Public Health is the subject of a report. According to news originating from Wuhan, People’s Republic of China, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “China’s welfare system including social health insurance has been closely linked to its unique household registration system, despite high population mobility over the past few decades. This study aimed to determine the pattern of health insurance usage from internal migrants in mainland China for hospital care.”
Financial supporters for this research include National Natural Science Foundation of China, Humanities and Social Science Fund of Ministry of Education of China.
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Wuhan University, “Data were extracted from the 2018 China Migrants Dynamic Survey. The respondents who enrolled in a social health insurance program and reported illness or injury over the past year were eligible for this study ( = 15,302). Two groups of outcome indicators were calculated assessing the use (incidence and settlement location) of insurance funds for hospital care and the burden of hospital expenditure (total hospital expenditure, out-of-pocket payments, and share of insurance reimbursement), respectively. Logit regression and Heckman’s sample selection models were established to determine the predictors of insurance fund usage and the burden of hospital expenditure, respectively. Most respondents enrolled in a social health insurance program outside of their residential location (70.72%). About 28.90% were admitted to a hospital over the past year. Of those hospitalized, 72.98% were admitted to a hospital at their migration destination, and 69.96% obtained reimbursement from health insurance, covering on average 47% of total hospital expenditure. Those who had a local insurance fund aligned with residency (AOR = 2.642, 95% CI = 2.108-3.310, < 0.001) and enrolled in employment-based insurance (AOR = 1.761, 95% CI = 1.348-2.301, < 0.001) were more likely to use insurance funds for hospital care, and paid less out-of-pocket (b = -0.183 for local funds, = 0.017; b = -0.171 for employment-based insurance, = 0.005) than others. A higher share of insurance reimbursement as a proportion of hospital expenditure was found in the employment-based insurance enrollees (b = 0.147, < 0.001). Insurance claim settlement at the residential location was associated with lower total hospital expenditure (b = -0.126, = 0.012) and out-of-pocket payments (b = -0.262, < 0.001), and higher share of insurance reimbursement (b = 0.066, < 0.001) for hospital expenditure.”
According to the news editors, the research concluded: “Low levels of health insurance benefits for hospital care are evident for internal migrants in mainland China, which are associated with the funding arrangements linked to household registration and inequality across different funds.”
For more information on this research see: Use of social health insurance for hospital care by internal migrants in China-Evidence from the 2018 China migrants dynamic survey. Frontiers in Public Health, 2022;10:1008720. Frontiers in Public Health can be contacted at: Frontiers Media Sa, Avenue Du Tribunal Federal 34, Lausanne, Ch-1015, Switzerland.
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from Hanxuan Li, School of Political Science and Public Administration, Wuhan University, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include Qiang Yao and Chaojie Liu.
The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.1008720. This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.
The publisher’s contact information for the journal Frontiers in Public Health is: Frontiers Media Sa, Avenue Du Tribunal Federal 34, Lausanne, Ch-1015, Switzerland.
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