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Health Insurance Information-Seeking Behaviors among Internet Users: An Exploratory Analysis to Inform Policies

Author: ERLYANA ERLYANA, VERONICA ACOSTA-DEPREZ, HENRY O'LAWRENCE, TONY SINAY, JEREMY RAMIREZ EMMANUEL C. JACOT, and KYUYOUNG SHIM
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 38 No. 1

The purpose of this study was to explore characteristics of Internet users who seek health insurance information online, as well as factors affecting their behaviors in seeking health insurance information. Secondary data analysis was conducted using data from the 2012 Pew Internet Health Tracking Survey. Of 2,305 Internet user adults, only 29% were seeking health insurance information online. Bivariate analyses were conducted to test differences in characteristics of those who seek health insurance information online and those who do not. A logistic regression model was used to determine significant predictors of health insurance information-seeking behavior online. Findings suggested that factors such as being a single parent, having a high school education or less, and being uninsured were significant and those individuals were less likely to seek health insurance information online. Being a family caregiver of an adult and those who bought private health insurance or were entitled to Medicare were more likely to seek health insurance information online than non-caregivers and the uninsured. The findings suggested the need to provide quality health insurance information online is critical for both the insured and uninsured population.

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