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The European Journal of Health Economics

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 487–498 | Cite as

Health care utilisation and immigration in Spain

  • José-Ignacio AntónEmail author
  • Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo
Original Paper

Abstract

The aim of this work was to analyse the use of health care services by immigrants in Spain. Using a nationally representative health survey from 2006–2007 and negative binomial and hurdle models, it was found that there is no statistically significant difference in the patterns of visits to general practitioners and hospital stays between migrants and natives in Spain. However, immigrants have a lower access to specialists and visit emergency rooms with a higher frequency than nationals.

Keywords

Health care Immigration Spain Access Equity 

JEL classification

H75 F22 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We are grateful to an anonymous referee, and to Tish Frye, Francisco-Javier Braña, Miguel Carrera and participants of the 15th Spanish Meeting of Public Economics for helpful comments on a previous draft.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • José-Ignacio Antón
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied EconomicsUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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