Ethnicity and equity in the use of health care services in the Spanish National Health Care System
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AuthorJiménez Rubio, María Dolores
Universidad de Granada. Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
Equity in health careImmigrant populationSpanish National Health System
Jiménez Rubio, D. Ethnicity and equity in the use of health care services in the spanish National Health Care System. Universidad de Granada, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas (2007). (FEG-WP; 7/07). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/29176]
An important recent change in the Spanish society is the increasing proportion of the population who are immigrants. Immigrants often face situations of social exclusion and disadvantage, circumstances that may affect their health status. Empirical evidence about differences in health status or the utilisation of health services between native and immigrant population is however insufficient. This paper uses the 2003 National Health Survey to explore whether non-Spaniards, for the same level of need, use health care services at the same rate as national citizens. The findings show different patterns of health care use to the disadvantage of immigrants.