In this 1999–2001 project, Barry G. Saver, MD, MPH, and researchers at the University of Washington, examined whether community-level characteristics, such as unequal income distribution and segregation in housing, affect the decision to purchase private health insurance.
Researchers estimated the probability of individuals purchasing individual insurance, delaying or not obtaining care, utilizing outpatient services and having a regular source of care. A Findings Brief on the project is available at the HCFO website.
This project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO).
Among the findings in the brief, are the following: