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Equity in Swedish Health Care Reconsidered: New Results Based on the Finite Mixture Model


Ulf Gerdtham


Lund University - Faculty of Medicine

Pravin K. Trivedi


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - Department of Economics

March 2000


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This paper reconsiders the equity issue in Swedish health care utilisation previously analyzed by Gerdtham (Health Economics 6, 303-319, 1997) within the framework of the standard two-part model. Departing from the user/nonuser distinction, we use the more flexible framework of the finite mixture model that distinguishes between frequent/infrequent users. Our empirical results indicate that the finite mixture model fits the data better than the two-part model. The results indicate that income increases use among infrequent users in both physician and hospital care but that there is no such income effect among frequent users.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: equity, health care, count data, latent class models, finite mixture models

JEL Classification: C20, C25, C52, I10, I18

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Date posted: August 3, 2000  

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Gerdtham, Ulf and Trivedi, Pravin K., Equity in Swedish Health Care Reconsidered: New Results Based on the Finite Mixture Model (March 2000). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=228567 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.228567

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Ulf Gerdtham (Contact Author)
Lund University - Faculty of Medicine ( email )
Box 117
SE-221 00 Lund
Sweden
Pravin K. Trivedi
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - Department of Economics ( email )
Wylie Hall
Bloomington, IN 47405-2100
United States
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