Table 4.

Relationship of Health Care Access to Medication Use

Medications
None/OTC (%)β-Adrenergic Agents (%)Theophylline (%)Antiinflammatory Agents (%)
Medications from health plan
 Yes53 (19)* 94 (34)96 (35)33 (12)
 No24 (23)36 (35)35 (34)9 (9) P= .72
Difficulties paying for medications
 Yes12 (17)29 (41)21 (30)8 (11)
 No61 (20)105 (34)111 (36)34 (11) P= .64
Method of payment
 Medical Assistance41 (24)53 (31)60 (36)15 (9)
 Private insurance20 (16)45 (37)42 (34)16 (13)
 Health maintenance organization8 (15)17 (33)20 (38)7 (13)
 None/cash9 (23)18 (45)9 (23)4 (10) P= .49
Source of health care
 MD42 (15)95 (34)109 (39)35 (12)
 Clinic/other16 (26)29 (48)12 (20)4 (7)
 ER19 (45)10 (24)12 (20)4 (7) P< .001
MD visit in past 6 months
 Yes37 (15)88 (36)87 (35)35 (14)
 No41 (30)45 (33)45 (33)7 (5) P= .001
  • * Row percentages.

  • Answer to question, “How do you pay for MD visits?”