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Table 2 Proportions reporting difficulties in access to care by substance use patterns

From: Perceived access and barriers to care among illicit drug users and hazardous drinkers: findings from the Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain data harmonization initiative (STTR)

  All Substance use patterns
    no DU and no HDa DU only HD only DU and HD
Perceived Access to Care n % n % n % n % n %
If I need medical care, I can get admitted without any trouble (% disagree) 3548 11.4 2325 11.6 319 11 620 11 152 7.2
It is hard for me to get medical care in an emergency (% agree) 3554 19.8 2329 18.8 319 19.4 620 22.7* 152 21.1
I have easy access to the medical specialists that I need. (% disagree) 3546 26.9 2326 26.4 319 16.3** 619 30.4 152 18.4*
I am able to get medical care whenever I need it (% disagree) 3557 12.7 2332 11.1 319 12.5 622 14 152 14.5
Places where I can get medical care are very conveniently located (% disagree) 3552 13.7 2328 12 319 17.2** 621 14.7 152 19.1*
Sometimes I go without the medical care I need because it is too expensive (% agree) 3551 28.6 2326 27.7 319 25.7 622 31.7 152 23
  1. Two-proportions z-test was performed between no DU or HD group and each of the substance use groups (DU only, HD only, DU and HD). * indicates p < 0.05 and ** indicates p < 0.01
  2. DU illicit drug users, HD hazardous drinkers
  3. aThis group includes participants who consume alcohol but do not drink hazardously