Vad förklarar missnöjet med sjukförsäkringen?: En teoriprövande studie om svenskarnas bedömning av sjukförsäkringen 2012
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The public dissatisfaction with the Swedish health insurance system has increased during the latest decade. During the same period, the health insurance system has been heavily debated in Swedish politics regarding new legal frameworks and lowered income ceilings. The highest level of dissatisfaction among the Swedish population was measured during 2012. This paper aims at answering the question What individual characteristics creates dissatisfaction with the Swedish health insurance system? Using a theory-testing approach, this paper seeks to test for the validity of earlier developed theories on why dissatisfaction with social insurance system increases. Extensive literature is used from the field of welfare state-research, combined with research on matters like “risk redistribution” and “dependency of social insurance”. The paper also looks at different possible explanations, mainly presented by previous empirical studies performed by scholars and government agencies. The study presents, via a deductive research strategy, a number of hypothesis formulated from a wide scope of previous research.
The hypotheses are being tested thru logistic regression analysis, using data from the 2012 nationwide survey provided by “SOM-institutet”, University of Gothenburg. The main finding is that variables related to objective characteristics among the Swedish population, such as origin and social class, is much less related to the probability of feeling dissatisfied with the Swedish health insurance than expected. Instead, subjective characteristics such as ideological position are more related to the dissatisfaction with the health insurance. The most striking result is however that the evaluation of other public institutions and agencies, e.g. the Swedish unemployment insurance and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency are highly related to dissatisfaction with the health insurance system.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 71 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-272704OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-272704DiVA: diva2:894648
Subject / course
Master Programme in Political Science
Palme, Joakim, Professor