This short commentary offers a parallel examination of inequality in healthcare to the detailed examination given by Case and Kraftman (2022) in their chapter for the IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities. In three parts, it begins with a discussion of how healthcare is modelled in a human capital approach and what that implies for inequality in the distribution of healthcare. This is followed by an outline some of the key issues in trying to measure inequalities in healthcare. It ends with a brief review of what the empirical literature shows on inequality in healthcare utilisation in the UK by socio-economic status (SES).
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Propper, C. (2022), ‘Socio-economic inequality in the distribution of healthcare in the UK’, IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities, https://ifs.org.uk/inequality/socio-economic-inequality-in-the-distribution-of-healthcare-in-the-uk