Journal article

Horizontal inequities in Australia's mixed public/private health care system

Eddy Van Doorslaer, Philip Clarke, Elizabeth Savage, Jane Hall

Health Policy | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Recent comparative evidence from OECD countries suggests that Australia's mixed public-private health system does a good job in ensuring high and fairly equal access to doctor, hospital and dental care services. This paper provides some further analysis of the same data from the Australian National Health Survey for 2001 to examine whether the general finding of horizontal equity remains when the full potential of the data is realized. We extend the common core cross-country comparative analysis by expanding the set of indicators used in the procedure of standardizing for health care need differences, by providing a separate analysis for the use for general practitioner and specialist care a..

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