The article examines the influence of health services on the household current income distribution. Household Budget Survey in 1995 and The Use of Medical Services in 1995/1996 conducted by Central Statistical Office are the main source of data. In the research sample consisting of 27,836 units health services lead to lower income inequality. Nevertheless their redistributive effect is very weak. It is mainly a consequence of their low average rate with respect to original income and low regressivity as well. What is more, the effect is reduced by the reranking effect. Additionally, calculation of Relative Benefit Share Progressivity and Relative Income Share Progressivity confirms directly that health services are de facto regressive with respect to original income, i.e. they decrease income inequality.
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