Please wait a minute...

Frontiers of Economics in China

Front Econ Chin    2011, Vol. 6 Issue (1) : 131-156
Income-Related Inequalities of Health and Health Care Utilization
E Xie()
School of economics, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, China
Download: PDF(1394 KB)   HTML
Export: BibTeX | EndNote | Reference Manager | ProCite | RefWorks

By utilizing the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) data, this paper examines the extent of deviations in terms of horizontal equity in the field of China’s health and medical community, i.e., that those in equal demand ought to be treated equally, and computes the contribution of income in health inequality and utilization inequality of health care. The main conclusions are: There is pro-rich inequality in health and utilization of health care; income contribution to inequality of health care utilization accounts for 0.13–0.2; insurance also enlarges the inequality of health care utilization; health inequality in rural area is larger than that of in urban area; and both rural and urban health inequality are increasing. From 1991 to 2006, income changes in urban districts and rural area account for 7.08% and 13.38% respectively of raising inequality of rural and urban health.

Keywords health inequality      inequality in health care utilization      income      concentration index      Oaxaca decomposition     
Corresponding Author(s): E Xie,   
Issue Date: 05 March 2011
 Cite this article:   
E Xie. Income-Related Inequalities of Health and Health Care Utilization[J]. Front Econ Chin, 2011, 6(1): 131-156.
E-mail this article
E-mail Alert
Articles by authors
E Xie
Related articles from Frontiers Journals
[1] Guanfu Fang, Guanliang Hu, Lan Yao. Reference Dependent Preference and Labor Supply: Evidence from China[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2019, 14(2): 264-301.
[2] Kevin X.D. Huang. Growth and Cycles in China’s Unbalanced Development: Resource Misallocation, Debt Overhang, Economic Inequality, and the Importance of Structural Reforms[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2019, 14(1): 53-71.
[3] Lihui Wang, Junyi Shen. Examining the Factors Affecting Personal Income: An Empirical Study Based on Survey Data in Chinese Cities[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2017, 12(4): 515-544.
[4] Binlei Gong. Improving the Accuracy of Estimated Returns to Education in China—Based on Employment Rate, Career Length, and Income Growth[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2017, 12(1): 113-131.
[5] Matthieu Clément. Income Mobility and Income Inequality in Rural China[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2016, 11(4): 608-634.
[6] Xiaohua Wang,Li Liu. How County-Level Agricultural Loans and Fiscal Expenditure Impact Rural Residents’ Income in China——An Empirical Study of the Hierarchical Effect by Quantile Regression[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2016, 11(2): 302-320.
[7] Jiwei Lou. The Possibility and Approaches to an Upper Middle Growth Rate[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2016, 11(2): 196-209.
[8] Robert Barro. China’s Growth Prospects[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2016, 11(2): 192-195.
[9] Junhui Hu,Yongchong Mao,Jinghua Zhang. The Impact of Non-Labor Income Given Job Heterogeneity on Household Time Allocation: The Evidence from China[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2015, 10(1): 113-136.
[10] Keun Lee,Shi Li. Possibility of a Middle Income Trap in China: Assessment in Terms of the Literature on Innovation, Big Business and Inequality[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2014, 9(3): 370-397.
[11] Xudong Chen,Guoqiang Tian. The Nature and Avoidance of the “Middle Income Trap”[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2014, 9(3): 347-369.
[12] Derong Zhang. The Mechanism of the Middle Income Trap and the Potential Factors Influencing China’s Economic Growth[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2014, 9(3): 499-528.
[13] Yanrui Wu. Productivity, Economic Growth and the Middle Income Trap: Implications for China[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2014, 9(3): 460-483.
[14] Guanzhong James Wen,Jinwu Xiong. The Hukou and Land Tenure Systems as Two Middle Income Traps—The Case of Modern China[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2014, 9(3): 438-459.
[15] Nazrul Islam. Will Inequality Lead China to the Middle Income Trap?[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2014, 9(3): 398-437.
Full text