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On the measurement of the nation's equity adjusted health

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  • Lars Lindholm
  • Måns Rosén
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    The aim of this article is to show a method for measuring the nation's equity-adjusted health. In order to estimate what the 'nation's health function' looks like, data from a survey sent to a sample of Swedish politicians were used. The results from the survey can be interpreted as a measure of inequity aversion, and this was applied to data on healthy years (HY) for males in different social groups for the period 1975-1990. The mean of healthy years increased during the period 1986-1990 by 1.09%, while equity adjusted healthy years (HY EDE ) dropped by −1.78%. The nation's health has decreased in spite of the fact that the individual's health has increased. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

    Volume (Year): 7 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 7 ()
    Pages: 621-628

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:7:y:1998:i:7:p:621-628

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    2. Fredrik Andersson & Carl Hampus Lyttkens, 1999. "Preferences for equity in health behind a veil of ignorance," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(5), pages 369-378.
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