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Consumer Resistance Against Regulation: The Case of Health Care

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  • Peter Zweifel

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  • Harry Telser

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  • Stephan Vaterlaus

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    Regulation fostering Managed Care alternatives in health insurance is spreading. This work reports on an experiment designed to measure the amounts of compensation asked by the Swiss population (in terms of reduced premiums) for Managed-Care type restrictions in the provision of health care. It finds that restrictions on the freedom of physician choice would require an average compensation of more than one-third of the premium, while generic substitution even meets with a small willingness to pay. Marked preference heterogeneity is an argument against regulation imposing uniformity of contract in Swiss social health insurance. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Regulatory Economics.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 (05)
    Pages: 319-332

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:29:y:2006:i:3:p:319-332

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    Keywords: Health insurance; Health care; Regulation; Preference measurement; Discrete choice experiments; L51; D61; C93; I11; I18;

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    1. Karolin Becker & Peter Zweifel, 2008. "Age and Choice in Health Insurance," The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 27-40, January.
    2. Boone, Jan & Douven, Rudy & Droge, Carline & Mosca, Ilaria, 2010. "Health insurance competition: the effect of group contracts," CEPR Discussion Papers 7871, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    3. Peter Zweifel, 2013. "Managed Care: Prescription for Failure? Lessons from Switzerland," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 11(1), pages 27-31, 04.
    4. Eugster, Patrick & Sennhauser, Michèle & Zweifel, Peter, 2010. "Capping risk adjustment?," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 499-507, July.
    5. Chung-Ping Loh & Katrin Nihalani & Oliver Schnusenberg, 2012. "Measuring attitude toward social health insurance," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, vol. 13(6), pages 707-722, December.
    6. Harry Telser & Karolin Becker & Peter Zweifel, 2008. "Validity and Reliability of Willingness-to-Pay Estimates," The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Springer, vol. 1(4), pages 283-298, October.
    7. Eling, Martin & Gatzert, Nadine & Schmeiser, Hato, 2009. "Minimum standards for investment performance: A new perspective on non-life insurer solvency," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(1), pages 113-122, August.
    8. Maurus Rischatsch & Peter Zweifel, 2013. "What do physicians dislike about managed care? Evidence from a choice experiment," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, vol. 14(4), pages 601-613, August.
    9. Alessandro Mengoni & Chiara Seghieri & Sabina Nuti, 2013. "The application of discrete choice experiments in health economics: a systematic review of the literature," Working Papers 201301, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, Istituto di Management.

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