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Disparities in Regular Health Care Utilisation in Europe

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  • Sirven, Nicolas
  • Or, Zeynep

    (Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA))

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Despite common recommendations and quasi universal health care coverage in all European countries, there are large differences in the utilisation patterns of different health services. Little comparative information is available on different types of health service utilisation and variations in utilisation patterns over a longer time span. The objective of this study is to compare and investigate individual and cross-country determinants of health care utilisation habits over the life span across European countries. We found that while there is a general shift toward more regular and preventive care utilisation in all countries; there are still significant social inequalities between countries and cohorts. There is also evidence that once the individual effects have been isolated, cross-cohort and country differences in the prevalence of regular care use are partly associated with differences in welfare states interventions.
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  • Sirven, Nicolas & Or, Zeynep, 2010. "Disparities in Regular Health Care Utilisation in Europe," MEA discussion paper series 10231, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
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    1. Eddy van Doorslaer & Cristina Masseria, 2004. "Income-Related Inequality in the Use of Medical Care in 21 OECD Countries," OECD Health Working Papers 14, OECD Publishing.
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    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination

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