Caepr Research Monograph S.
Health Expenditure, Income and Health Status Among Indigenous and Other Australians
Paperback | Aug 2004 | ANU Press | 9781920942151 | 64pp | 250x174mm | POD | RFB | AUD$38.00, NZD$47.99
data from the 1995 National Health Survey (NHS) this study asks the
question—what is the relationship between income, health expenditure and
health status for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in Australia?
Income is generally seen as an indicator of ability to address the need for
health expenditure, and as a factor in influencing health status. The
expectation, therefore, is that income and health status are positively
The analysis measures differences in health expenditure and reported health status between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, holding income level constant. No association is found between income and Indigenous health status. A number of explanations are canvassed. The finding may simply reflect poor data quality, both in terms of income and self-assessed health status. An alternative hypothesis, with long-term implications, is that adult mortality reflects foetal and childhood health, regardless of current income status.