Equity and Hospitals: Do Usage and Treatment Costs Vary with Socioeconomic Status and Locality?

Linc Thurecht, Ann Harding

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    Abstract

    Equity of access and treatment are important goals of our health system. Reports on aggregate state expenditures mask potentially important underlying differences in the usage of and cost of services received, by those of varying socioeconomic status or region of residence. To shed light on these issues, this paper examines whether hospital usage and the average cost of hospital treatment per patient varies with socioeconomic status, Statistical Local Area and ARIA. We first apply a unique person based measure of socioeconomic status to avoid problems associated with geographically based measures. This is then imputed onto all in-patient separations from NSW hospitals, to assess the spatial distribution of usage and average cost of hospital treatment across the state.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRegional development cocktail – shaken not stirred : refereed proceedings 28th Annual ANZRSAI Conference
    EditorsAnn Hodgkinson
    Place of PublicationNew South Wales
    PublisherUniversity of Wollongong
    Pages34-64
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Print)0864187432
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventThe Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association Ie - Wollongong, Australia
    Duration: 28 Sep 20041 Oct 2004

    Conference

    ConferenceThe Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association Ie
    CountryAustralia
    CityWollongong
    Period28/09/041/10/04

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