Inequalities in waiting times by socioeconomic status - A possible causal mechanism

Shuli Brammli Greenberg*

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Much like waiting times for health services, the shortage of physicians and other health professionals poses a major health policy issue in many OECD countries. In this short commentary, I present indications that in Israel's periphery, the demand for advanced health services exceeds supply. This gap creates inequality in waiting times "across" geographical areas in the public sector and, moreover, could act as a causal mechanism of socioeconomic inequality. As a result, policymakers face two challenges: first, to increase the number of physicians in specialties and localities where there is a lack; and second, to take steps to enhance waiting time equality in areas of obvious shortages.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number2
JournalIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 26 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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