Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/87522
Authors: 
van de Poel, Ellen
van Doorslaer, Eddy
O'Donnell, Owen
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 11-155/3
Abstract: 
We propose a method of measuring and decomposing inequity in health care utilisation that allows for heterogeneity in the use-need relationship. This makes explicit inequity that derives from unequal treatment response to variation in need, as well as that due to differential effects of non-need determinants. Under plausible conditions concerning heterogeneity in the use-need relationship and the distribution of need, existing methods that impose homogeneity will underestimate pro-rich inequity. This prediction is confirmed for four low-middle income Asian countries.
Subjects: 
health care
equity
decomposition
JEL: 
D63
I14
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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