Impact of insurance and supply of health professionals on coverage of treatment for hypertension in Mexico: Population based study

Sara N. Bleich, David M. Cutler, Alyce S. Adams, Rafael Lozano, Christopher J.L. Murray

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the independent and combined contributions of insurance status and supply of health professionals on coverage of antihypertensive treatment among adults in Mexico. Design: Population based study. Setting: Mexico. Participants: 4032 hypertensive adults (2967 uninsured and 1065 insured): 1065 uninsured adults matched with 1065 adults insured through Seguro Popular, a programme to expand health insurance coverage to uninsured people in Mexico. Main outcome measures: Coverage of antihypertensive treatment and coverage of antihypertensive treatment with control of blood pressure. Results: Rates of treatment for hypertension varied by insurance status and supply of health professionals. Hypertensive adults insured through Seguro Popular had a significantly higher probability of receiving antihypertensive treatment (odds ratio 1.50, 95% confidence interval 1.27 to 1.78) and receiving antihypertensive treatment with control of blood pressure (1.35, 1.00 to 1.82). Greater supply of health professionals in areas with coverage through Seguro Popular was a significant predictor of antihypertensive treatment after adjusting for covariates (1.49, 1.00 to 2.20). Conclusions: Expansion of healthcare coverage to uninsured people in Mexico was associated with greater use of antihypertensive treatment and blood pressure control, particularly in areas with a greater supply of health professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)875-878
Number of pages4
JournalBritish medical journal
Volume335
Issue number7625
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 27 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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