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[Urban-Rural Disparities in Health Care]


  • Ma, Chao
  • Gu, Hai
  • Li, Jiajia


Based on the definition of health care disparities in international health economic academia, the paper adopts the method of counterfactual analysis, using cross-section data of CHNS2009, to make a precise calculation of the inequity section of the urban-rural differences in health care, which refers to urban-rural disparities. According to research, 88.1%of urban-rural differences are inequity, mere 11.9% are supposed to legitimatable. In addition, the larger amounts of expenditures on healthcare, the more conspicuous urban-rural disparities become.

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  • Ma, Chao & Gu, Hai & Li, Jiajia, 2012. "我国医疗保健的城乡分割问题研究
    [Urban-Rural Disparities in Health Care]
    ," MPRA Paper 47655, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:47655

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    health care; inequity;urban-rural disparities;counterfactual;

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    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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