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Explaining the Sources of IncomeRelated Inequality in Health Care Utilization in Denmark

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  • Gundgaard, Jens

    () (Novo Nordisk A/S)

  • Lauridsen, Jørgen

    () (COHERE, Department of Budiness and Economics, University of Southern Denmark)

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Objectives with the health care system often include equity considerations. One objective is equal treatment for equal need. In this paper we explain the sources of income-related inequality in utilization of health care services in Funen County, Denmark, by linking survey data to register based data. A decomposition of the concentration index was used to explain the sources of overall income-related inequality in utilization. The decomposition approach suggests that health care is in general equally distributed in Denmark when need based variables are controlled for. However, this overall result is a consequence of a number of off-setting effects from different types of health care and a complicated pattern of various explanatory variables.

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  • Gundgaard, Jens & Lauridsen, Jørgen, 2013. "Explaining the Sources of IncomeRelated Inequality in Health Care Utilization in Denmark," COHERE Working Paper 2013:1, University of Southern Denmark, COHERE - Centre of Health Economics Research.
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    Keywords

    health care; utilization; concentration index; inequality; decomposition;

    JEL classification:

    • D20 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - General
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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