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Equity in health and social care

By Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, Julian Le Grand and David Winter

Abstract

This paper studies equity in the distribution of primary health care and domiciliary care for elderly people. The main data source is the 1980 GHS which has been linked to local authority data. An equitably distributed service is defined as one in which only variables which measure respondent's need for the service provide a significant explanation of whether the respondent receives the service. In the case of primary health care we find that for a number of groups defined by gender and age, economic and demographic variables have significant explanatory power. For two groups (males under 41 and females between 40 and 60), need was the only significant variable. For domiciliary care not only are variables which relate to the respondent's demographic and economic status significant but also variables which are concerned with local authorities' policies concerning supply. In general neither service is distributed equitably in the sense defined

Topics: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology, RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 1992
DOI identifier: 10.1017/S0047279400020158
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:5741
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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