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Frontiers of Economics in China

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Front Econ Chin    2011, Vol. 6 Issue (1) : 131-156    https://doi.org/10.1007/s11459-011-0125-5
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Income-Related Inequalities of Health and Health Care Utilization
E Xie()
School of economics, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, China
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Abstract

By utilizing the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) data, this paper examines the extent of deviations in terms of horizontal equity in the field of China’s health and medical community, i.e., that those in equal demand ought to be treated equally, and computes the contribution of income in health inequality and utilization inequality of health care. The main conclusions are: There is pro-rich inequality in health and utilization of health care; income contribution to inequality of health care utilization accounts for 0.13–0.2; insurance also enlarges the inequality of health care utilization; health inequality in rural area is larger than that of in urban area; and both rural and urban health inequality are increasing. From 1991 to 2006, income changes in urban districts and rural area account for 7.08% and 13.38% respectively of raising inequality of rural and urban health.

Keywords health inequality      inequality in health care utilization      income      concentration index      Oaxaca decomposition     
Corresponding Authors: E Xie,Email:sdcyxe@sina.com   
Issue Date: 05 March 2011
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E Xie. Income-Related Inequalities of Health and Health Care Utilization[J]. Front Econ Chin, 2011, 6(1): 131-156.
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http://academic.hep.com.cn/fec/EN/10.1007/s11459-011-0125-5
http://academic.hep.com.cn/fec/EN/Y2011/V6/I1/131
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