By analyzing the relationship between socio-economic status, health, and health care use for a variety of developed countries (with a main focus on Europe), this thesis attempts to address several questions: • What are the socio-economic factors driving the use of health care services: income, wealth and/or education? • Does the relationship between socio-economic factors and health care use vary with different types of health care services, such as primary care, specialist care, or in- and outpatient care in a hospital? • How is preventive clinical service utilization related to socio-economic status in the population aged 50 and over? • Are there different socio-economic factors driving the use of preventive care services than those driving usual care? • How should the empirical analysis be modified when dealing with count data with excess zeros? The data that are used in the thesis are micro-level data, which provide crucial information for the evaluation of health systems, including harmonized information on a variety of dimensions such as health, health care use, and socio-economic conditions at the individual level.
|Award date||21 Dec 2010|
|Place of Publication||Tilburg|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|