The Chair of Health Economics is part of the research group of the German Research Foundation (DFG) on the topic "Institutional Contexts, Health and Health Inequalities among Young People". The research group is led by Prof. Dr. Matthias Richter (Institute of Medical Sociology, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg). The project started on 1st July 2019 and has a term of three years.
The starting point is the well-documented connection between social and health inequalities in children and adolescents. The research group analyzes the underlying mechanisms and causes for this connection.
In a sub-project, Prof. Dr. Sundmacher and her team are investigating social inequalities in the utilisation of health services among children and adolescents. In this context, the utilisation of preventive health services such as check-ups and vaccinations will be analyzed, taking into account the socio-demographic and the socio-economic characteristics. In addition, the extent to which structural and regional characteristics of the health care system influence income-related inequalities in the utilisation of health care services will be examined. Further analyses based on health insurance data compare the continuity and the extent of care for young people who have chronic diseases such as asthma or type 1 diabetes mellitus.
The main contact for this project is Iryna Iashchenko.
The study protocol for the Scoping Review has been published in BMJ Open: Correlation of mesolevel characteristics of the healthcare system and socioeconomic inequality in healthcare use: a scoping review protocol.