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Chronic diseases in Italy: Does socioeconomic status carry weight?

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  • Giovanni Crea

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  • Valentina Beretta

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We estimate income-related inequality in chronic patients in Italy and analyze its dynamics over time. Data come from the 2005, 2005, and 2013 waves of the Indagine Multiscopo sulle Famiglie, Condizioni di salute e ricorso ai servizi sanitari”, carried out by ISTAT. Results show an increase over time in chronic disease prevalence, higher for women than for men. This study provides evidence for chronic conditions inequalities in Italy. Indeed, chronic conditions are concentrated among poor people. In particular, over time, the prevalence of chronicity did not reduce for poor people, while it increased in richer people.

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  • Giovanni Crea & Valentina Beretta, 2020. "Chronic diseases in Italy: Does socioeconomic status carry weight?," DEM Working Papers Series 187, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:pav:demwpp:demwp0187
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