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dc.contributor.authorBooth, Alison L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorCarroll, Nicken_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:21:16Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:21:16Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/21310-
dc.description.abstractWe use unique survey data to examine the determinants of self-assessed health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. We explore the degree to which differences in health are due to differences in socio-economic factors, and examine the sensitivity of our results to the inclusion of ?objective? health measures. Our results reveal that there is a significant gap in the health status of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, with the former characterised by significantly worse health. These findings are robust to alternative estimation methods and measures of health. Although between one third and one half of the health gap can be explained by differences in socio-economic status - such as income, employment status and education - there remains a large unexplained component. These findings have important policy implications. They suggest that, in order to reduce the gap in health status between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, it is important to address disparities in socio-economic factors such as education. The findings also suggest that there are disparities in access to health services and in health behaviour. These issues need to be tackled before Australia can truly claim to have 100% health-care coverage and high levels of health and life expectancy for all of its population.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 1534en_US
dc.subject.jelI12en_US
dc.subject.jelI1en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordself-assessed healthen_US
dc.subject.keywordIndigenous healthen_US
dc.titleThe Health Status of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australiansen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn483143529en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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