Lara Tavares publica estudo comparativo sobre as desigualdades na assistência médica a população idosa

As desigualdades no recurso a assistência médica entre as faixas etárias mais idosas são estudadas pela investigadora do CAPP Lara Tavares, num novo artigo agora publicado na Health Policy.

O novo estudo compara desigualdades socioeconómicas no acesso a assitência médica entre a população mais idosa em Portugal, Itália e Espanha após a crise económica e financeira.

Sumário: Despite the sizeable cuts in public healthcare spending, which were part of the austerity measures recently undertaken in Southern European countries, little attention has been devoted to monitoring its distributional consequences in terms of healthcare use. This study aims at measuring socioeconomic inequities in primary and secondary healthcare use experienced some time after the crisis onset in Italy, Spain and Portugal. The analysis, based on data drawn from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), focuses on older people, who generally face significantly higher healthcare needs, and whose health appeared to have worsened in the aftermath of the crisis. The Horizontal Inequity indexes reveal remarkable socioeconomic inequities in older people’s access to secondary healthcare in all three countries. In Portugal, the one country facing most severe healthcare budget cuts and where user charges apply also to GP visits, even access to primary care exhibits a significant pro-rich concentration. If reducing inequities in older people’s access to healthcare remains a policy objective, austerity measures maybe pulling the Olive belt countries further away from achieving it.   


Em co-autoria com Francesca Zantomio (Universidade de Veneza e Universidade de York), o artigo intitulado "Inequity in healthcare use among older people after 2008: The case of southern European countries" encontra-se já disponível no site da publicação.

Lara Patrício Tavares é investigadora do Centro de Administração e Políticas Públicas e professora Auxiliar no Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas da Universidade de Lisboa. Doutorada em economia pelo Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, é autora de várias publicações, incluindo Who Delays Childbearing? The Associations Between Time to First Birth, Personality Traits and Education.

 

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