Health Care Utilization Among Immigrants and Native-Born Populations in 11 European Countries. Results from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe
39 Pages Posted: 3 May 2011
Date Written: October 1, 2009
Objective: This study examines health care utilization of immigrants relative to the native-born populations aged 50 years and older in eleven European countries.
Methods. We analyzed data from the Survey of Health Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) from 2004 for a sample of 27,444 individuals in 11 European countries. Negative Binomial regression was conducted to examine the difference in number of doctor visits, visits to General Practitioners (GPs), and hospital stays between immigrants and the native-born individuals.
Results: We find evidence those immigrants above age 50 use health services on average more than the native-born populations with the same characteristics. Our models show immigrants have between 6% and 27% more expected visits to the doctor, GP or hospital stays when compared to native-born populations in a number of European countries.
Discussion: Elderly immigrant populations might be using health services more intensively due to cultural reasons.
Keywords: count data, physician services, immigration
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