Equity and the Utilization of Health Care Services by the Medicare Elderly
In their study of physician and hospital utilization in 1969, Davis and Reynolds found that Medicare had failed to eliminate major racial and income-related inequities in the use of medical services by the elderly. Our analysis-which takes advantage of more recent data, an improved model specification, and a more appropriate pooling procedure-reveals that these inequities in utilization had diminished considerably by the mid-1970s. Several hypotheses concerning the underlying demand- and supply-side sources of these equity gains are offered.
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