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Apr

11

Wednesday

The effect of parental language barriers on children’s health care utilisation

3.00pm

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Speaker: Dr Nicole Black (Monash University)

Series: Department of Economics Seminar Series 2017-18

This seminar is part of the Department of Economics Seminar Series 2017-18. The seminars are open to all - no registration necessary. If you would like to receive email notification of the Department’s seminars, please send your request to Kim.Edmunds.1@city.ac.uk.

Abstract

Equity in access to health care services among culturally and linguistically diverse populations is an important goal within the health care system. A parent’s English language deficiency (ELD) or language barrier may lead to poorer access to health care services or an inefficient use of health care services.

This study aims to investigate the effect of an ELD among immigrant parents on their child’s health care utilisation, and to understand possible demand- and supply-side mechanisms. We use an instrumental variable approach, utilising the age at arrival into Australia and the linguistic distance of parent’s first language to English as exogenous sources of variation in language deficiency. Survey data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children is linked to administrative records on health care utilisation through Medicare Australia (Australia’s universal public health insurance provider) over a 10 year period (2004 to 2013). Results indicate that a parental ELD increases the child’s health care utilisation, and that the effect is greater at younger ages. We examine possible explanations, including poorer health of the child or an overutilisation of services.

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When & where

3.00pm - 4.30pmWednesday 11th April 2018

D112 Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom