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Is the British National Health Service equitable?: the evidence on socioeconomic differences in utilization

Dixon, Anna, Le Grand, Julian, Henderson, John, Murray, Richard and Poteliakhoff, Emmi (2007) Is the British National Health Service equitable?: the evidence on socioeconomic differences in utilization. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 12 (2). pp. 104-109. ISSN 1355-8196

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Identification Number: 10.1258/135581907780279549


Is the British National Health Service (NHS) equitable? This paper considers one part of the answer to this: the utilization of the NHS by different socioeconomic groups (SEGs). It reviews recent evidence from studies on NHS utilization as a whole based on household surveys (macro-studies) and from studies of the utilization of particular services in particular areas (micro-studies). The principal conclusion from the majority of these studies is that, while the distribution of use of general practitioners (GPs) is broadly equitable, that for specialist treatment is pro-rich. Recent micro-studies of cardiac surgery, elective surgery, cancer care, preventive care and chronic care support the findings of an earlier review that use of services was higher relative to need among higher SEGs.

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Additional Information: © 2007 The Royal Society of Medicine Press
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2008 15:03
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 04:05

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