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Income-related inequality in life-years and quality-adjusted life-years

  • Gerdtham, Ulf-G.
  • Johannesson, Magnus

We estimate the income-related inequality in Sweden with respect to life-years and quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). We use a large data-set from Sweden with over 40,000 individuals followed up for 10-16 years, to estimate the survival and quality-adjusted survival in different income groups. For both life-years and QALYs we discover inequalities in health favouring the higher income groups. For men (women) in the youngest age-group (20-29 years) the number of QALYs is 43.7 (45.7) in the lowest income decile and 47.2 (49.0) in the highest income decile.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 19 (2000)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 1007-1026

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:19:y:2000:i:6:p:1007-1026
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