Explaining the Sources of IncomeRelated Inequality in Health Care Utilization in Denmark
Jens Gundgaard () and
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Jens Gundgaard: Novo Nordisk A/S, Postal: Søborg, Denmark
No 2013:1, DaCHE discussion papers from University of Southern Denmark, Dache - Danish Centre for Health Economics
Objectives with the health care system often include equity considerations. One objective is equal treatment for equal need. In this paper we explain the sources of income-related inequality in utilization of health care services in Funen County, Denmark, by linking survey data to register based data. A decomposition of the concentration index was used to explain the sources of overall income-related inequality in utilization. The decomposition approach suggests that health care is in general equally distributed in Denmark when need based variables are controlled for. However, this overall result is a consequence of a number of off-setting effects from different types of health care and a complicated pattern of various explanatory variables.
Keywords: health care; utilization; concentration index; inequality; decomposition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D20 D31 I10 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
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