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Inequidades socioeconómicas en el uso de servicios sanitarios del adulto mayor montevideano


  • Ana Balsa

    (University of Miami)

  • Daniel Ferres

    (Universidad de Montevideo)

  • Máximo Rossi
  • Patricia Triunfo

    (Universidad de la República)


This study uses data from the 1999-2000 SABE survey to analyze socioeconomic inequities in healthcare access, utilization, and quality, for a sample of elderly individuals from Montevideo, Uruguay. We find horizontal inequity favoring the rich in the quality of access to medical visits (lower time spent travelling to the office and waiting in the office), in the probability of medical visits in the past 4 and 12 months, and in the use of preventive services (mamographies, pap scans, and prostate exams). The instrumental variables analysis suggests that inequities are probably underestimated when endogeneity is not taken into consideration.

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  • Ana Balsa & Daniel Ferres & Máximo Rossi & Patricia Triunfo, 2009. "Inequidades socioeconómicas en el uso de servicios sanitarios del adulto mayor montevideano," Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, vol. 24(1), pages 35-88.
  • Handle: RePEc:emx:esteco:v:24:y:2009:i:1:p:35-88

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    1. Hernández-Villafuerte, Karla, 2014. "El adulto mayor y la universalidad de la salud: Análisis de desigualdad basado en una comparación entre los diferentes grupos de edad/The Elderly and the Universality of Health: An Inequality Analysis," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 32, pages 1073-1096, Septiembr.

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    healthcare inequities; concentration curves; elderly individuals;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other


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