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Health Insurance Cards and Health Care Services Utilization: Evidence From Children in Mountainous Regions of Vietnam

Health Insurance Cards and Health Care Services Utilization: Evidence From Children in Mountainous Regions of Vietnam

Global Pediatric Health 6: 2333794x19843917

Health insurance reform for children younger than 6 years of age was implemented in 2005. The study aimed to describe the health insurance card status, health care services use, and associated factors. The cross-sectional study was conducted with 210 Hmong mothers of children younger than 6 years of age, and of those, 118 mothers having an ill child in the previous 4 weeks were selected in this study. Descriptive statistics and multiple logistic regression were applied to predict the associated factors. In all, 42.9% of children had health insurance cards and 45.8% ill children accessed public health facilities. The factors included children's age, mothers' knowledge of the free health care policy, mothers' knowledge about one sign of lung infection of their children associated with health insurance status, and health care services use. In conclusion, the 2005 reform of child health insurance policy has brought a modest impact on insurance coverage of children younger than 6 years of age and health care services use. Mothers' knowledge of free health care policy should be improved.

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