Avoiding blindness to health status in health achievement and health inequality measurement

Makdissi, Paul and Yazbeck, Myra (2016) Avoiding blindness to health status in health achievement and health inequality measurement. Social Science and Medicine, 171 39-47. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.10.027


Author Makdissi, Paul
Yazbeck, Myra
Title Avoiding blindness to health status in health achievement and health inequality measurement
Journal name Social Science and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-5347
0277-9536
Publication date 2016-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.10.027
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 171
Start page 39
End page 47
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract The concentration index, being focused on the socioeconomic dimension of health inequality and overlooking aversion to pure health inequality, can produce ethically contestable rankings of health distributions. A health transfer from a sicker but richer individual to healthier but poorer individual will decrease the concentration index. This paper presents a new class of health inequality indices that avoid this limitation by trading off socioeconomic-related health inequality against pure health inequality.
Keyword Health achievement
Health inequality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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