Hispanics arent as quick to run to the doctor as other populations despite having higher rates of chronic health problems, a survey from the Pew Hispanic Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found.
The findings were drawn from a national telephone survey of 4,013 Hispanic adults conducted from July 16, 2007, through Sept. 23, 2007.
Although Hispanics have higher rates of diabetes and being overweight than non-Hispanic whites, they use fewer healthcare services than other populations and often rely on nonmedical sources of information for health advice, the survey found. More than one in four Hispanic adults in the U.S. lacks a regular healthcare provider, and a similar proportion report obtaining no healthcare information from medical professionals in the previous year. Among Hispanic adults, groups least likely to have a regular provider are men, the young, the less-educated and the uninsured. When people dont get the treatment or information they need to manage illnesses at an early stageor to avoid disease altogetherthe health effects magnify, and the costs of care escalate, according to the survey.
In addition, more than eight in 10 receive health information from alternative sources, such as television and radio, with most receiving no information from doctors or other medical professionals. Nearly 80% said they act on the information they receive from media sources. -- by Jennifer Lubell