The Impact of the SARS Epidemic on the Utilization of Medical Services: SARS and the Fear of SARS

Hong Jen Chang, Nicole Huang, Cheng Hua Lee, Yea Jen Hsu, Chi Jeng Hsieh, Yiing Jenq Chou

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Abstract

Using interrupted time-series analysis and National Health Insurance data between January 2000 and August 2003, this study assessed the impacts of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic on medical service utilization in Taiwan. At the peak of the SARS epidemic, significant reductions in ambulatory care (23.9%), inpatient care (35.2%), and dental care (16.7%) were observed. People's fears of SARS appear to have had strong impacts on access to care. Adverse health outcomes resulting from accessibility barriers posed by the fear of SARS should not be overlooked.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-564
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume94
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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