Does socioeconomic status influence utilization of health care services in a single-payer universal health care system?: Nadav Davidovitch Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Background A significant corpus of research shows that socio-economic status (SES) affects utilization patterns of health care services. The influence of health care services' utilization on health inequalities is obviously greater in countries where health care services are mostly privatized. Yet, there is empirical evidence that even in countries with a developed public health care sector, SES influences utilization of health care services. However, the evidence is contradictory. Methods We assessed the evolution of SES influence on utilization of health care services between years 2002 and 2008 in Israel. We analyzed the utilization of health care services among 100,000 members, 21 years and older, of Clalit Health Services (CHS) the largest health-care provider in Israel. The research compared utilization according to the neighborhood SES status; and clinic's location as another...

publication date

  • January 1, 2014