Equity in the delivery of health care in Sweden

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Abstract

There is mutual agreement that health care should be delivered according to need. In this article, although we employ different specifications for need, we conclude that there is inequity in the delivery of health care in Sweden. Higher income groups visit doctors more often than lower income groups in relation to need, but lower income groups remain in hospital longer once they have been admitted. These findings may be interpreted to mean that lower income groups, for various reasons, wait too long before visiting a doctor for a specific disease, the consequence being that the disease is so serious by the time the doctor is contacted that inpatient care and a longer time in hospital are necessary. The policy implication of this situation is that lower patient fees and/or higher incomes may help to reduce the inequities in health care.

Detaljer

Författare
Externa organisationer
  • Stockholm School of Economics
  • Uppsala universitet, Historiska institutionen
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Nationalekonomi
  • Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)259-264
Antal sidor6
TidskriftScandinavian Journal of Public Health
Volym26
Utgivningsnummer4
StatusPublished - 1998 jan 1
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa