Agnes Walker

Journal article

Socioeconomic characteristics of NSW hospital users in 1998-99

With the ever increasing cost of providing hospital and other health services, it is vital to have an accurate understanding of the different health needs of various categories of hospital users - for example the rich versus the poor, or city versus bush dwellers. For...

Impact of health on the ability of older Australians to stay in the workforce - with possible contributions to economic sustainability

The ageing of the population, combined with increasing life expectancies, is raising concerns about the sustainability of current economic and social structures. Agnes Walker examines the likelihood and impact of more older Australians staying in the labour force. Using a dynamic microsimulation model she finds...

Economic and health impacts of narrower health inequalities

Using microsimulation, Agnes Walker finds that if a policy was implemented which resulted in the lifting of the health status of all Australians to that of the most affluent 20 per cent in the population, then close to one million fewer Australians are estimated to...

Public policy and private health insurance: distributional impact on public and private hospital usage in New South Wales

The new private health insurance reforms - in particular the 30 per cent rebate and Lifetime Health Cover - were partly aimed at relieving pressures on public hospitals. Combining the use of two new models - Private Health Insurance and NSW hospitals - Agnes Walker...
Conference paper

Hopitalisation rates and costs by socioeconomic status, New South Wales, 1996-97 and 2000-01

The study found that the poor used public hospitals more than the rich, however for private hospitals this pattern was reversed - with patients in the poorest socioeconomic group having a 19 per cent lower hospitalisation rate than patients in the richest such group. Other...