Inequality and polarisation in health systems’ responsiveness: a cross-country analysis

Jones, Andrew M, Rice, Nigel, Robone, Silvana and Rosa Dias, Pedro (2011) Inequality and polarisation in health systems’ responsiveness: a cross-country analysis. Journal of Health Economics, 30 (4). pp. 616-625. ISSN 1879-1646

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The World Health Report 2000 proposed three fundamental goals for health systems encompassing population health, health care finance and health systems responsiveness. The goals incorporate both an efficiency and equity dimension. While inequalities in population health and health care finance have motivated two important strands of research, inequalities in responsiveness have received less attention in health economics. This paper examines inequality and polarisation in responsiveness, bridging this gap
in the literature and contributing towards an integrated analysis of health systems performance. It uses data from the World Health Survey to measure and compare inequalities in responsiveness across 25 European countries. In order to respect the inherently ordinal nature of the responsiveness data, median-based measures of inequality and polarisation are employed. The results suggest that, in the face of wide differences in the health systems analysed, there exists large variability in inequality in responsiveness
across countries.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0131 Methodology > HB0135 Mathematical economics. Quantitative methods Including econometrics, input-output analysis, game theory
Depositing User: Pedro Rosa Dias
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 15:10
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 21:45

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