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      [Private health insurance in Portugal: a comparative analysis of the National Health Surveys, 1995-1996 and 1998-1999].

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          The National Health Survey (NHS) has been used to calculate the percentage of the population with private health insurance at both the nationwide and regional levels. Schooling and occupation have been used as proxies for income level in calculating the percentage of the population with private health insurance. The impact of chronic diseases has also been analyzed in relation to the purchase of private health insurance. A comparative analysis of the NHS from 1995-1996 to 1998-1999 showed an increase of 1% and 0.7% (for males and females, respectively) in the proportion of the population with health insurance. Level of income shows a clear inf1uence on the acquisition of private health insurance. Individuals with medium and high levels of schooling, both males and females, are far more likely to have private insurance. Chronic diseases also have an impact on the purchase of private health insurance. According to regional analysis of NHS 1998-1999, the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area showed a higher percentage than the nation as a whole.

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          [1 ] Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal.
          Journal
          Cad Saude Publica
          Cadernos de saude publica
          0102-311X
          0102-311X
          April 18 2003
          : 19
          : 1
          S0102-311X2003000100029
          12700806

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