Policy Article

Zufriedenheit mit der Grundversorgung: Gibt es strukturelle Unterschiede?


  • Lima de Miranda K.
  • Prosi
  • D.
  • Schmidt
  • U.
  • Wecker
  • H.
Publication Date

This study examines structural differences in the subjective quality of health care in Germany using a newspaper survey. We find that there are significant differences between urban and rural areas as well as between public and private insurance. In rural areas, the provision of general practitioners, specialists and hospitals are considered as worse than in cities. In particular, public insured individuals asses the provision of specialized doctors and hospitals as lower than private insured and criticize long waiting times for appointments and lacking coverage of health care costs by the statutory health insurance


JEL Classification
I13; H75; R51

Key Words

  • private health insurance
  • public health insurance
  • regional differences
  • subjective satisfaction