Socioeconomic Characteristics of NSW Hospital Users in 1998-99

Linc Thurecht, Agnes Walker, Anthea Bill, Ann Harding, Andrew Gibbs, Jim Pearse

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With the ever increasing cost of providing hospital and other health services,
it is vital to have an accurate understanding of the different health needs of
various categories of hospital users - for example the rich versus the poor,
or city versus bush dwellers. For this study we started with a 1998-99
person-based NSW hospitals dataset, and imputed onto this dataset from the
1996 Census, at the Collection District level, socioeconomic variables such
as equivalent family income and an area-based index of socioeconomic

In this paper we report on unique evidence from this combined dataset
regarding the socioeconomic, demographic, distributional, health and
spatial characteristics of those NSW residents who used NSW private
or public hospital services in 1998-99. Questions addressed in the paper
include: who benefited most/least that year from government funding to
NSW hospitals - across socioeconomic classes, age, sex and geographic regions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventHealth Outcomes 2002: Current Challenges and Future Frontiers - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 17 Jul 200218 Jul 2002


ConferenceHealth Outcomes 2002: Current Challenges and Future Frontiers


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