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The impact of government decentralization on county health spending for the uninsured in California

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  • Richard Scheffler
  • Richard Smith

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We analyze Program Realignment, California’s 1991 policy of decentralizing control of health, mental health, and social services, from the state to the counties. Drawing from the economics literature on intergovernmental transfers and using data constructed for this study, we analyze the impact of Realignment on uninsured health spending. We find a change in the pattern of spending on indigent health services by counties following decentralization. Our results suggest, however, that county-level governments maintain a level of commitment to social-service spending that recent studies indicate may be lacking at the state level. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics.

Volume (Year): 6 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 237-258

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Handle: RePEc:kap:ijhcfe:v:6:y:2006:i:3:p:237-258

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Keywords: Federalism; State and local budget and expenditures; Public health; H72; H77; I18;

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  1. Schmid, Hillel & Dolev, Talal & Szabo-Lael, Rachel, 2010. "Community-based programs for children at risk: The case of budget flexibility in Departments of Social Services in Israel," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 178-184, February.
  2. Hai Zhong, 2010. "The impact of decentralization of health care administration on equity in health and health care in Canada," International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 10(3), pages 219-237, September.
  3. Masayoshi Hayashi, 2011. "The Effects of Medical Factors on Transfer Deficits in Public Assistance in Japan: A Quantile Regression Analysis," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-816, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.

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