Access to Treatment and Educational Inequalities in Cancer Survival

37 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2013

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Jon H. Fiva

Norwegian School of Management (BI) - Department of Economics

Torbjorn Haegeland

Statistics Norway; University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Marte Ronning

Statistics Norway - Research Department

Astri Syse

Norwegian Social Research

Date Written: February 28, 2013

Abstract

The public health care systems in the Nordic countries provide high quality care almost free of charge to all citizens. However, social inequalities in health persist. Previous research has, for example, documented substantial educational inequalities in cancer survival. We investigate to what extent this may be driven by differential access to and utilization of high quality treatment options. Quasi-experimental evidence based on the establishment of regional cancer wards indicates that i) highly educated individuals utilized centralized specialized treatment to a greater extent than less educated patients and ii) the use of such treatment improved these patients’ survival.

Keywords: education, health, inequality

JEL Classification: I100, I200

Suggested Citation

Fiva, Jon H. and Haegeland, Torbjorn and Ronning, Marte and Syse, Astri, Access to Treatment and Educational Inequalities in Cancer Survival (February 28, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4137, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2228627

Jon H. Fiva (Contact Author)

Norwegian School of Management (BI) - Department of Economics ( email )

Oslo
Norway

Torbjorn Haegeland

Statistics Norway ( email )

N-0033 Oslo
Norway

University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Gaustadalleen 21
N-0317 Oslo
Norway

Marte Ronning

Statistics Norway - Research Department ( email )

Kongens Gt. 6
PO Box 8131 Dep
N-0033 Oslo
Norway

Astri Syse

Norwegian Social Research ( email )

Munthesgt. 29, N-0260
Oslo
Norway

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