Explaining Inequality in the Use of Public Health Care Services: Evidence from Spain

Explaining Inequality in the Use of Public Health Care Services: Evidence from Spain The aim of this article is to identify those factors which produce differences in the use of public health care services among individuals whose medical needs are similar. The empirical analysis employs Spanish data for three separate years and obtains results for four types of medical attention: visits to a GP, visits to a specialist, visits to the emergency services and hospital inpatient days. The results show that the influence of demand factors upon the probability of consuming more medical attention than expected depends on the type of health care considered.In addition, the minimal impact of supply factors is demonstrated. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Health Care Management Science Springer Journals

Explaining Inequality in the Use of Public Health Care Services: Evidence from Spain

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Business and Management; Operation Research/Decision Theory; Health Administration; Health Informatics; Management; Econometrics; Business and Management, general
ISSN
1386-9620
eISSN
1572-9389
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1011461728666
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Abstract

The aim of this article is to identify those factors which produce differences in the use of public health care services among individuals whose medical needs are similar. The empirical analysis employs Spanish data for three separate years and obtains results for four types of medical attention: visits to a GP, visits to a specialist, visits to the emergency services and hospital inpatient days. The results show that the influence of demand factors upon the probability of consuming more medical attention than expected depends on the type of health care considered.In addition, the minimal impact of supply factors is demonstrated.

Journal

Health Care Management ScienceSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 11, 2004

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