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Inequality in health care use among older people in the United Kingdom: an analysis of panel data

Allin, Sara, Masseria, Cristina and Mossialos, Elias (2006) Inequality in health care use among older people in the United Kingdom: an analysis of panel data. LSE health working papers, 1/2006. LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753020408

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Abstract

Horizontal equity in health care service use is an area that remains relatively unexamined in the literature on older people. The purpose of this study is to investigate the extent of income-related inequity in the use of GP, inpatient, outpatient and dental services among individuals aged 65 and over in the United Kingdom between 1997 and 2003 using a panel analysis of data from the British Household Panel Survey. The probability of GP, outpatient, dentist or inpatient service use between 1997 and 2003 was predicted using multiple random effects probit panel models, and the estimates used to calculate incomerelated horizontal inequity. The results indicate that individuals on a lower income are significantly less likely to visit a GP, specialist or dentist than the better-off, although they have significantly greater need (the reverse is seen for dental care). However, after adjusting for differences in need, horizontal inequity is found with utilization favouring those on a higher income for all service areas, but not significantly in hospital care.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEHealth/
Additional Information: © 2006 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Collections > LSE Health Working Paper Series in Health Policy and Economics
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 1/2006
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2008 11:28
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/19262/

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