The Relationship between Self-rated Health and Hospital Records

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This paper investigates whether self-rated health (SRH) co-varies with individual hospital records. By linking the Danish Longitudinal Survey on Aging with individual hospital records covering all hospital admissions from 1995-2006, I show that SRH is correlated to historical, current, and future hospital records. I use both measures separately to control for health in a regression of mortality on wealth. Using only historical and current hospitalization controls for health yields the common result, that SRH is a stronger predictor of mortality than objective
health measures. The addition of future hospitalizations as controls shows that the estimated gradient on wealth is similar to one in which SRH is the control. The results suggest that SRH is able to capture diseases at prodromal stages and that with a sufficiently long time series of individual records, objective health measures can predict mortality to the same extent as global self-rated measures.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKbh.
PublisherCentre for Applied Microeconometrics. Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2013
SeriesCAM working papers

Bibliographical note

JEL Classification: I10; I19

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