• Poverty and private health expenditures in Italian households during the recent crisis


    Highlights

    During the recent crisis private health expenditures of Italian households have decreased

    This study analyses the relation between poverty and health expenditure

    Results show that poor families have significantly cut down on health spending

    Findings are an alarming signal concerning the deterioration of poor families’ health


    Abstract

    The global financial crisis that began in 2008 had an overall effect on the health behaviours of Italian households. Aggregate private health expenditures have decreased while the citizens have increasingly been asked to share health costs. The reduction of households’ health expenditure could have serious consequences for health, especially if it concerns the most vulnerable people. The aim of this paper is to analyse the relation between poverty and household health expenditure, considering regional and social group variations. The data used stem from the “Family Expenditure Survey” collected by the Italian Statistical Institute (ISTAT) from 1997 to 2013.

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