Journal article

Vertical and horizontal aspects of socio-economic inequity in general practitioner contacts in Scotland

M Sutton

HEALTH ECONOMICS | JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

Health status varies across socio-economic groups and health status is generally assumed to predict health care needs. Therefore the need for health care varies across socio-economic groups, and studies of equity in the distribution of health care between socio-economic groups must compare levels of utilisation with levels of need. Economic studies of equity in health care generally assume that health care needs can be derived from the current health-health care relationship. They therefore do not consider whether the current health-health care relationship is (vertically) equitable and the focus is restricted to horizontal inequity. This paper proposes a framework for incorporating the impl..

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