The roots of health inequality and the value of intra-family expertise

The roots of health inequality and the worthiness of intra-family expertise

Yiqun Chen, Petra Persson, Maria Polyakova

Poorer folks have worse health at birth, are sicker in adulthood, and die younger than richer people. Aside from socioeconomic status, contact with informal health expertise could also affect health. Using data from Sweden, this column examines whether having a doctor in the family impacts health. It concludes that differences in contact with informal health expertise can take into account a number of the observed patterns of health inequality, even within an environment with universal medical health insurance and equal formal usage of healthcare.

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