Smith, Matthew Lee; Sosa, Erica T.; Ory, Marcia G.
March 2010
American Journal of Health Studies;2010, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p31
Academic Journal
This study documents physicians' beliefs of inequity in the healthcare system and identifies factors contributing to physicians' perceptions of the importance for Congress to address policies to help families with the cost of caring for elderly disabled relatives. Data were analyzed from a nationally representative randomized sample of 1,901 physicians. Logistic regression was performed to determine the influence of physician's characteristics on their perceptions of the importance for Congress to address policies to help families with the cost of caring for elderly disabled relatives. Physician's perceptions of Congressional priority were associated with perceived inequity in the healthcare system [OR = 1.286, CI = (1.116, 1.482), p<.01]. Racial/ethnic minority physicians were more likely to perceive importance in helping families with the costs of caring for elderly and disabled family members [OR = 1.653, CI = (1.163, 2.349), p<.01]. Physicians have potential to influence priorities for Congress to address health issues associated with healthcare reform for an increasingly aging population.


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