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J Health Econ. 1997 Feb;16(1):93-112.

Income-related inequalities in health: some international comparisons.

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  • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Abstract

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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