Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
MACHADO, Ana Flavia; ANDRADE, Mônica Viegas and MAIA, Ana Carolina. Labor market structure and access to private health insurance in Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2012, vol.28, n.4, pp. 758-768. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2012000400015.
This paper aims to describe health insurance coverage among different types of workers in Brazil. Health insurance coverage and labor market insertion are used to define homogeneous groups of workers. The Grade of Membership method is used to build a typology of workers. The database was the Brazilian National Household Survey (PNAD) for 1998 and 2003, including a health survey. Five worker profiles were defined. The key variables were: health insurance coverage, schooling, and work status. The main findings show a positive association between health insurance coverage, income from work, and trade union membership.
Keywords : Prepaid Health Plans; Private Health Care Coverage; Job Market.