Mortality and morbidity rates differ markedly across social strata, resulting in different needs for health services. The utilization of GP services may be higher in groups with lower socioeconomic status (SES), although findings differ when taking health needs into account.
The aim of this study was to assess the association between the SES of list populations and the characteristics of GP practices, consultation rates, and income per patient in a fee-for-service financing model.
A cross-sectional register-based study, including all Norwegian specialist GPs practising in 2008. After grouping GP lists into five levels based on a constructed index of SES, associations between SES and GP practice characteristics were analysed by analysis of variance and linear regression.
GP lists with the lowest SES had higher consultation rates (regression coefficient, 0.31; P