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Unmet health care needs among the working-age population. Evidence from the great recession in Spain


  • Carla Blázquez-Fernández
  • David Cantarero-Prieto
  • Patricio Pérez-González


In this paper we tested the hypothesis that unmet health care needs can be interpreted in terms of employment status of individuals. The latest cross-sectional health surveys for Spain (2006 and 2011-2012) were used. The econometric approach is based on a Probit model estimation. When controlling for differences in other socioeconomic characteristics, our results for Spain supported stronger association for health status than for employment status. Moreover, empirical evidence was found that working-age people reported less unmet needs in the Great Recession than previously. Findings should be considered first in light of the Spanish National Health Service, completely decentralized to regions, which provides universal coverage for all residents. Second in terms of the likely worsening health-care-attendance experienced throughout the crisis.

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  • Carla Blázquez-Fernández & David Cantarero-Prieto & Patricio Pérez-González, 2018. "Unmet health care needs among the working-age population. Evidence from the great recession in Spain," Working Papers. Collection B: Regional and sectoral economics 1806, Universidade de Vigo, GEN - Governance and Economics research Network.
  • Handle: RePEc:gov:wpregi:1806

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    1. García-Gómez, Pilar & Hernández-Quevedo, Cristina & Jiménez-Rubio, Dolores & Oliva-Moreno, Juan, 2015. "Inequity in long-term care use and unmet need: Two sides of the same coin," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 147-158.
    2. C. Blázquez-Fernández & D. Cantarero-Prieto & P. Perez-Gonzalez & J. Llorca-Díaz, 2015. "Does early-life health enhance growth? Evidence from Spain," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(11), pages 860-864, July.
    3. Sabine Chaupain-Guillot & Olivier Guillot, 2015. "Health system characteristics and unmet care needs in Europe: an analysis based on EU-SILC data," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 16(7), pages 781-796, September.
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    Health care; Unmet needs; Spain; Discrete choice models; Employment.;

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    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other

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