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Keywords:

  • cancelled procedures;
  • equity;
  • equality;
  • NHS reforms

SUMMARY

Using data for every elective procedure in 2007 in the English National Health Service, we found evidence of socioeconomic inequality in the probability of having a procedure cancelled after admission while controlling for a range of patient and provider characteristics. Whether this disparity is inequitable is inconclusive. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.