Have Health Reforms in Brazil Reduced Inequities in Access to Cancer Screenings for Women?

Pricila Mullachery, James Macinko, Diana Silver

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Abstract

We measured asset-based and education-based inequity in utilization of 2 cancer screening tests, Pap tests and mammograms, using nationally representative surveys conducted in 2003, 2008, and 2013. Utilization of Pap tests (ages 25-59 years) and mammograms (ages 50-69 years) increased over time. Asset-based and education-based inequities declined significantly for both screening tests, particularly among women who reported a doctor visit in the previous year. This decline coincided with increases in the coverage of primary health care in Brazil. However, barriers persisted; in 2013, college-educated women were still 2.27 times more likely to have a mammogram than those who were illiterate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-266
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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