Measuring socioeconomic inequality in health, health care and health financing by means of rak-dependent indices: A recipe for good practice

  • Guido Erreygers Guido Erreygers
  • Tom Van Ourti Tom Van Ourti

The tools to be used and other choices to be made when measuring socioeconomic inequalities with rank-dependent inequality indices have recently been debated in this journal.This paper adds to this debate by stressing the importance of the measurement scale, by providing formal proofs of several issues in the debate, and by lifting the curtain on the confusing debate between adherents of absolute versus relative health differences. We end this paper with a ‘matrix’ that provides guidelines on the usefulness of several rankdependent inequality indices under varying circumstances.

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