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Self-Assessed Health Status and Satisfaction with Health Care Services in the Context of the Enlarged European Union

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  • Popescu, Livia

    (Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca)

  • Rat, Cristina

    (Faculty of Sociology and Social work, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca)

  • Rebeleanu-Bereczki, Adina

    (Faculty of Sociology and Social work, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca)

Abstract

The paper aims at analysing the relationship between self-rated health-status, satisfaction with health care services and socio-economic factors, in the context of different national health care systems in the enlarged European Union. The effects of socio-economic deprivation and the functioning of national health care systems on self-rated health status and satisfaction with health care services are investigated using the European Social Survey 2006 dataset (ESS3), and macro data provided by Eurostat (2007) and the World Health Organization (2007). Socio-economic deprivation is measured both at the micro-level (using indicators of economic strain, household income, education, employment status and belonging to discriminated groups), and the macro-level (national poverty rates, the values of poverty thresholds, quintile ratios and GDP per capita). The performance of national health care systems is quantified with the help of two indexes, designed for the purpose of the present study: an index of total health care provisions and an index of governmental commitment to health care. The following countries are included in the analysis: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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  • Popescu, Livia & Rat, Cristina & Rebeleanu-Bereczki, Adina, 2007. "Self-Assessed Health Status and Satisfaction with Health Care Services in the Context of the Enlarged European Union," IRISS Working Paper Series 2007-14, IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD.
  • Handle: RePEc:irs:iriswp:2007-14
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    1. Jennifer M. Mellor & Jeffrey D. Milyo, 2001. "Income inequality and health," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(1), pages 151-155.
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    Keywords

    self-assessed health ; health care systems ; health inequalities ; governmental policies;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health

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