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Income-related inequalities in health : Some international comparisons

Van Doorslaer, Eddy; Wagstaff, Adam; Bleichrodt, Han; Calonge, Samuel; Gerdtham, Ulf G. LU ; Gerfin, Michael; Geurts, José; Gross, Lorna; Häkkinen, Unto and Leu, Robert E., et al. (1997) In Journal of Health Economics 16(1). p.93-112
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This paper presents evidence on income-related inequalities in self- assessed health in nine industrialized countries. Health interview survey data were used to construct concentration curves of self-assessed health, measured as a latent variable. Inequalities in health favoured the higher income groups and were statistically significant in all countries. Inequalities were particularly high in the United States and the United Kingdom. Amongst other European countries, Sweden, Finland and the former East Germany had the lowest inequality. Across countries, a strong association was found between inequalities in health and inequalities in income.

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  abstract     = {<p>This paper presents evidence on income-related inequalities in self- assessed health in nine industrialized countries. Health interview survey data were used to construct concentration curves of self-assessed health, measured as a latent variable. Inequalities in health favoured the higher income groups and were statistically significant in all countries. Inequalities were particularly high in the United States and the United Kingdom. Amongst other European countries, Sweden, Finland and the former East Germany had the lowest inequality. Across countries, a strong association was found between inequalities in health and inequalities in income.</p>},
  author       = {Van Doorslaer, Eddy and Wagstaff, Adam and Bleichrodt, Han and Calonge, Samuel and Gerdtham, Ulf G. and Gerfin, Michael and Geurts, José and Gross, Lorna and Häkkinen, Unto and Leu, Robert E. and O'Donnell, Owen and Propper, Carol and Puffer, Frank and Rodríguez, Marisol and Sundberg, Gun and Winkelhake, Olaf},
  issn         = {0167-6296},
  keyword      = {Health inequality,International comparisons},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {02},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {93--112},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Health Economics},
  title        = {Income-related inequalities in health : Some international comparisons},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0167-6296(96)00532-2},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {1997},
}