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Perceptions of Health Care Use in Germany during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Department of Health Economics and Health Services Research, Hamburg Center for Health Economics, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, 20246 Hamburg, Germany
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Federal Centre of Health Education, 50825 Cologne, Germany
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Robert-Koch-Institute, 13353 Berlin, Germany
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Department of Health Communication, University of Erfurt, 99089 Erfurt, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(24), 9351; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249351
Received: 9 October 2020 / Revised: 10 December 2020 / Accepted: 10 December 2020 / Published: 14 December 2020
This paper examined the determinants of perceived access to health care use during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany using data from two waves (8 and 16) of the COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring (COSMO). Descriptive and regression analysis were used. In wave 8, we found that about 60% of the individuals rather disagreed about having had problems accessing medical care. Furthermore, 73% of the individuals rather disagreed to having experienced health deteriorations due to restrictions on the availability of medical care. Moreover, 85% of the individuals were rather optimistic about future access to healthcare services. Overall, slightly better past and future access to healthcare services has been reported in wave 16. Several determinants were identified in regression analysis. In conclusion, data suggest that perceived past and future access to healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic is reasonably good. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; access to health care; availability of medical care; postponed treatments; health care use; health services research; health care utilization COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; access to health care; availability of medical care; postponed treatments; health care use; health services research; health care utilization
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Hajek, A.; De Bock, F.; Wieler, L.H.; Sprengholz, P.; Kretzler, B.; König, H.-H. Perceptions of Health Care Use in Germany during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 9351. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249351

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Hajek A, De Bock F, Wieler LH, Sprengholz P, Kretzler B, König H-H. Perceptions of Health Care Use in Germany during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(24):9351. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249351

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Hajek, André, Freia De Bock, Lothar H. Wieler, Philipp Sprengholz, Benedikt Kretzler, and Hans-Helmut König. 2020. "Perceptions of Health Care Use in Germany during the COVID-19 Pandemic" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 24: 9351. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249351

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