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Ethnicity And Equity In The Use Of Health Care Services In The Spanish National Health Care System

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  • Dolores Jiménez-Rubio

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An important recent change in the Spanish society is the increasing proportion of the population who are immigrants. Immigrants often face situations of social exclusion and disadvantage, circumstances that may affect their health status. Empirical evidence about differences in health status or the utilisation of health services between native and immigrant population is however insufficient. This paper uses the 2003 National Health Survey to explore whether non-Spaniards, for the same level of need, use health care services at the same rate as national citizens. The findings show different patterns of health care use to the disadvantage of immigrants.

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  • Dolores Jiménez-Rubio, 2007. "Ethnicity And Equity In The Use Of Health Care Services In The Spanish National Health Care System," FEG Working Paper Series 07/07, Faculty of Economics and Business (University of Granada).
  • Handle: RePEc:gra:fegper:07/07
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    Keywords

    Equity in health care; immigrant population; Spanish National Health System;

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    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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