Income-related inequality in life-years and quality-adjusted life-years

Ulf G. Gerdtham, Magnus Johannesson

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Abstract

We estimate the income-related inequality in Sweden with respect to life-years and quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). We use a large data set from Sweden with over 40,000 individuals followed up for 10-16 years, to estimate the survival and quality-adjusted survival in different income groups. For both life-years and QALYs, we discover inequalities in health favouring the higher income groups. For men (women) in the youngest age-group (20-29 years), the number of QALYs is 43.7 (45.7) in the lowest income decile and 47.2 (49.0) in the highest income decile. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1007-1026
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Nov 1

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Economics

Keywords

  • Health inequality
  • Income
  • Mortality
  • QALYs

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