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Has universal health insurance reduced socioeconomic inequalities in urban and rural health service use in Thailand?

Yiengprugsawan, Vasoontara; Carmichael, Gordon; Lim, Lynette; Seubsman, Sam-ang; Sleigh, Adrian


This study analyses urban and rural health service use before and after the introduction of the Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS). Using data from the Thai national health surveys of 2001 and 2005, the study utilises age-sex adjusted concentration indices to measure within-area differences in use of health services among populations distinguished by socioeconomic status. Between 2001 and 2005, the UCS substantially reduced Thailand's uninsured population (from 42.5% to 7.0% in urban areas and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Health & Place: An International Journal
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.06.010


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