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Use of Health Services and Unmet Need among Adults of Russian, Somali, and Kurdish Origin in Finland

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Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, 00271 Helsinki, Finland
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Department of Psychology and Logopedics, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2229; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052229
Received: 18 January 2021 / Revised: 15 February 2021 / Accepted: 18 February 2021 / Published: 24 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Care Access among Underserved Groups)
Equal access to health care is one of the key policy priorities in many European societies. Previous findings suggest that there may be wide differences in the use of health services between people of migrant origin and the general population. We analyzed cross-sectional data from a random sample of persons of Russian (n = 692), Somali (n = 489), and Kurdish (n = 614) origin and the Health 2011 survey data (n = 1406) representing the general population in Finland. Having at least one outpatient visit to any medical doctor during the previous 12 months was at the same level for groups of Russian and Kurdish origin, but lower for people of Somali origin, compared with the general population. Clear differences were found when examining where health care services were sought: people of migrant origin predominantly visited a doctor at municipal health centers whereas the general population also used private and occupational health care. Self-reported need for doctor’s treatment was especially high among Russian women and Kurdish men and women. Compared to the general population, all migrant origin groups reported much higher levels of unmet medical need and were less satisfied with the treatment they had received. Improving basic-level health services would serve besides the population at large, the wellbeing of the population of migrant origin. View Full-Text
Keywords: migrant; use of health services; access to health care; unmet need; population-based study migrant; use of health services; access to health care; unmet need; population-based study
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Çilenti, K.; Rask, S.; Elovainio, M.; Lilja, E.; Kuusio, H.; Koskinen, S.; Koponen, P.; Castaneda, A.E. Use of Health Services and Unmet Need among Adults of Russian, Somali, and Kurdish Origin in Finland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2229. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052229

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Çilenti K, Rask S, Elovainio M, Lilja E, Kuusio H, Koskinen S, Koponen P, Castaneda AE. Use of Health Services and Unmet Need among Adults of Russian, Somali, and Kurdish Origin in Finland. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2229. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052229

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Çilenti, Katja, Shadia Rask, Marko Elovainio, Eero Lilja, Hannamaria Kuusio, Seppo Koskinen, Päivikki Koponen, and Anu E. Castaneda. 2021. "Use of Health Services and Unmet Need among Adults of Russian, Somali, and Kurdish Origin in Finland" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 5: 2229. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052229

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