Inequalities in health care consumption and supply and its impact on health


Gravelle, H. (University of York) Morris, S. (STET Imperial College London) and Sutton, M. (HERU)


This project represented a continuation of a review of the resource allocation formula in England which identified inequities in health care consumption using data from seven waves of the Health Survey for England linked to local levels of health care supply. Despite large recent increases in investment, there is little macro-evidence of a beneficial effect of health care supply on health. Allowing for the endogeneity of supply, a positive effect was estimated of GP supply on health. The inequality results differ from those in the previous literature. The final stage of the project compared our results with the BHPS and GHS for estimated levels and determinants of health care consumption.


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