Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development, Volume 35, Number 4

Effects of inequalities in access to health services in rural areas in Poland

Agnieszka Bem, Paulina Ucieklak-Jeż, Paweł Prędkiewicz


This scientific paper deals with problem of effects of barriers in access to healthcare services. The authors are assistant professors of Wroclaw University of Economics and Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa, interested in health care economics. After literature research they hypothesized that barriers to access to healthcare services in rural Poland, should be reflected in differences in life expectancy without disability (DFLE) for rural and urban population. However this hypothesis was not fully proved – differences in DFLE seem to be significant only in case of elderly (70 years and more). This can lead to important conclusion – removing barriers to healthcare services in rural areas is especially important for older people. The study used the data of the Poland’s Main Statistical Office (GUS) covering the health of the population, obtained from the national population health survey, and the Eurostat data.

JEL Codes: I14, I15, P46, R51.

Keyword(s): access barriers, DFLE, disability free life expectancy, health, healthcare, inequality, Poland, rural, urban

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