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The Taiwan National Health Insurance program and full infant immunization coverage.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15671469     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: We compared hospital-born infants and well-baby care use associated with complete immunizations in Taiwan before and after institution of National Health Insurance (NHI).
METHODS: We used logistic regression to analyze data from 1989 and 1996 National Maternal and Infant Health Surveys of 1398 and 3185 1-year-old infants, respectively.
RESULTS: Infants born in hospitals were found to receive fewer immunizations than those born elsewhere before NHI but significantly more after NHI. Use of well-baby care correlates strongly and positively with the probability that a child will receive a full course of immunization after NHI.
CONCLUSIONS: The NHI policy of including hospitals as immunization providers facilitates access to immunization services for children born in those facilities. Through NHI provision of free well-baby care, health planners have stimulated the demand for immunization.
Chin-Shyan Chen; Tsai-Ching Liu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  95     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2005 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-26     Completed Date:  2005-04-05     Revised Date:  2013-06-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  305-11     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Public Finance, National Taipei University, 67, Sec. 3, Ming-Shen E. Road, Taipei 104, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Health Care Surveys
Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
Health Services Accessibility / economics*
Immunization Programs / economics,  utilization*
Infant, Newborn
Insurance Coverage
Interviews as Topic
National Health Programs / organization & administration*
Program Evaluation
Public Health Administration

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