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Inequities in immigrants’ access to health care services: disentangling potential barriers

Carlo Devillanova and Tommaso Frattini

International Journal of Manpower, 2016, vol. 37, issue 7, 1191-1208

Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to empirically assess whether immigrants suffer from unequal access to health care services, that add to prevailing socioeconomic barriers to care. Design/methodology/approach - Using a uniquely rich Italian health survey, the authors estimate the correlation between immigrant status and the probability of accessing health services, conditional on a rich set of individual and territorial characteristics. Findings - Results show that foreigners are more likely to contact emergency services and less likely to visit specialist doctors and use preventive care. Similar results hold for second-generation immigrants. Originality/value - The authors discuss the sources of observed inequities and suggest tentative policy implications to promote equal access.

Keywords: Immigrants; Italy; Health care utilization; Inequities; F22; I1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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