The Stratifying Effect of Healthcare Systems. An International Comparison of Inequalities in Healthcare Utilization and Quality of Life
Disparities in health are a persistent form of stratification in all societies. This project examines the relationship between the healthcare system and inequalities in health within and between advanced industrialized societies. It argues that the institutional structure of the healthcare system is and important determinant of inequalities in health. The study combines institutional information on healthcare systems with data on population health (from OECD health data) and individual health status (from survey data).
A comparative analysis of population health across 21 OECD countries showed that the healthcare system is one major driver for international inequalities in health. The next step of the study focuses on the investigation of the effect of the healthcare system on inequalities. As a 2012-2013 Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy and Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, Nadine Reibling conducts an analysis on the effect of primary care on inequalities in healthcare utilization and health using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) for the US and the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement (SHARE) for European countries.