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Spatial Accessibility Of Health Care In Indiana

  • Eda UNAL

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  • Susan E. CHEN

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  • Brigitte S. WALDORF

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    (Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture, Purdue University)

Healthy populations and access to health care services are significant factors influencing economic development and prosperity. Since geographic access is an essential feature of an overall health system, it is important for health service researchers to develop accurate measures of physical access to health. In this paper we develop a series of gravity-based health care accessibility measures for all the counties in Indiana. The measures go beyond local availability of health care services within a county and account for travel impedance via distance-discounted health care services accessible throughout the state. When applied to Indiana counties, the results show sharp disparities in health care accessibility with extensive pockets of poor accessibility in rural and peripheral areas. The research concludes with a demonstration of how spatial accessibility measures can be beneficially used to evaluate of policies indicative of changes in the provision of health services.

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Paper provided by Purdue University, College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics in its series Working Papers with number 07-07.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:pae:wpaper:07-07
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