Self-perception of health status and socio-economic differences in the use of health services

Alexandra Pinto, Victor Lobo, Fernando Bação, Helena Bacelar-Nicolau

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Abstract

A problem that Portugal is facing, which needs urgent effective health policies, is the socio-economic differences and inequalities that arise in access to health care. In this study we used data from National Health Survey of 2005/2006 to investigate if socio-economic differences are related both to the frequency which health services are used and to self-perception of health status (SP-HS). We considered all data (Portugal) and also each region of NUTS II (Standard Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics purposes), separately. The study points to a strong association between the SP-HS and the factors: gender, age, education level and income. The number of medical appointments showed weaker results with these factors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Theoretical and Applied Statistics, Selected Papers of the Statistical Societies
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
Pages355-362
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

Publication series

NameStudies in Theoretical and Applied Statistics, Selected Papers of the Statistical Societies
ISSN (Print)2194-7767
ISSN (Electronic)2194-7775

Keywords

  • Family income
  • Medical appointment
  • National health survey
  • Social classis
  • Territorial unit

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