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Explaining the Sources of IncomeRelated Inequality in Health Care Utilization in Denmark

Jens Gundgaard () and Jørgen Lauridsen
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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

Abstract: 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
Date: 2013-04-01
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