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Unmet health care need and income‐Related horizontal equity in use of health care during the COVID‐19 pandemic

Abstract Using monthly data from the Understanding Society (UKHLS) COVID‐19 Survey we analyse the evolution of unmet need and assess how the UK health care system performed against the principle of horizontal equity in health care use during the first wave of COVID‐19 wave. Unmet need was most evident for hospital care, and less pronounced for primary health services (non‐emergency medical helplines, GP consultations, community pharmacist advice, over the counter medications and prescriptions). Despite this, there is no evidence that horizontal equity, with respect to income, was violated for NHS hospital outpatient and inpatient care during the first wave of the pandemic. There is...

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