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Equity in health and social care

Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane, Le Grand, Julian ORCID: 0000-0002-7864-0118 and Winter, David (1992) Equity in health and social care. Journal of Social Policy, 21 (4). pp. 489-523. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279400020158


This paper studies equity in the distribution of primary health care and domiciliary care for elderly people. The main data source is the 1980 GHS which has been linked to local authority data. An equitably distributed service is defined as one in which only variables which measure respondent's need for the service provide a significant explanation of whether the respondent receives the service. In the case of primary health care we find that for a number of groups defined by gender and age, economic and demographic variables have significant explanatory power. For two groups (males under 41 and females between 40 and 60), need was the only significant variable. For domiciliary care not only are variables which relate to the respondent's demographic and economic status significant but also variables which are concerned with local authorities' policies concerning supply. In general neither service is distributed equitably in the sense defined.

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Additional Information: © 1992 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2008 09:01
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2024 23:10

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