Factors associated with the use of publicly funded services by Hong Kong Chinese older adults

Kee Lee CHOU, I. CHI

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This article analyzes cross-sectional data collected from a representative community sample of 2003 Chinese elderly people aged 60 or above in Hong Kong. We examined whether the use of publicly funded health services by older adults is equitable under the framework of Andersen model. A number of predisposing, enabling, and need factors were assessed as predictors of utilization in four categories of services including hospital admission, emergency room, general outpatient clinics, and specialist outpatient clinics. It was found that utilization of these four health services was consistently correlated with need factors. Specifically, self-rated health status and particular types of chronic illness were consistently and significantly related to utilization for all four of services in Hong Kong. On the other hand, age and family support were related to hospital admission whereas functional impairment was associated with the use of emergency room and general outpatient clinics. Findings suggest that publicly funded health services in Hong Kong are used equitably by elderly people. Copyright © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1025-1035
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004



Chou, K. L., & Chi, I. (2004). Factors associated with the use of publicly funded services by Hong Kong Chinese older adults. Social Science and Medicine, 58(6), 1025-1035. doi: 10.1016/S0277-9536(03)00275-2


  • Predictors
  • Healthcare service
  • Chinese
  • Hong Kong