Patient choice reforms and the socioeconomic distribution of Swedish primary health care

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Swedish primary health care (PHC) has undergone significant changes in recent years. Following the introduction of patient choice reforms, the number of PHC clinics and visits has increased. In this project we study who has benefited from the increased access to Swedish PHC – has everyone benefited equally, regardless of age, sex, education and income?

Aim of the project

The aim of the project is to describe how Swedish PHC is distributed over individuals with different socioeconomic background. The aim is also to assess any possible effects of patient choice reforms on the socioeconomic distribution of access to, utilisation of and outcomes from PHC. The project is based on administrative health care data from five Swedish counties, covering 4.5 million individuals, which has been linked to registry data on individual education, income and other socioeconomic factors.

Results in brief

There are currently no results from this project. 

Continued work

This is an ongoing project which is expected to finish in 2019. 

Contact person

Graduate Student

Sofia Sveréus

Organizational unit: MMC/Health Economics and Policy