Socio-economic differences in general practitioner and outpatient specialist care in the Netherlands : A matter of health insurance ?
Equal treatment for equal needs, irrespective of socio-economic position, is a major issue in many countries.
Although in the Netherlands differences in utilization of health care between population groups are less pronounced than in most other countries, some differences by socio-economic position do exist.
Controlling for health status, individuals with a high socio-economic status have a higher probability of outpatient contacts with a specialist, but a lower probability of general practitioner contacts, compared with those with a low socioeconomic status.
In this cross-sectional study, we studied whether socio-economic differences in GP and outpatient specialist care utilization that exist after health status is taken into account could be explained by different aspects of health insurance.
The study population, in which people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes mellitus, severe back complaints, and heart diseases are overrepresented, consists of 2867 respondents.
Multivariate analyses show that the socio-economic differences in outpatient specialist contacts cannot be explained by differences in health insurance, whereas differences in general practitioner contacts can partially be explained by the fact that individuals with higher socio-economic status more often have a private (instead of public) insurance. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Accessibilité, Médecin généraliste, Spécialité médicale, Service santé, Statut socioéconomique, Assurance maladie, Homme, Utilisation, Système santé, Pays Bas, Europe, Assurance privée
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Accessibility, General practitioner, Medical specialty, Health service, Socioeconomic status, Health insurance, Human, Use, Health system, Netherlands, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0267822
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 15/07/1997.