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Group Health Insurance: A Hedonic Price Approach

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  • Jensen, Gail A
  • Morrisey, Michael A

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The authors examine the premium consequences of alternative health insurance provisions by estimating pricing regressions for group insurance with data on 9,019 fee-for-service plans offered by larger firms in the private sector. They find that cost-sharing at the point of purchase, especially for hospital care, significantly lowers fee-for-service premiums. However, some aspects of plan design that are often touted as cost-reducing, such as self-insuring or offering employees the option to join a health maintenance organization, are found to increase premiums. Coverage of alcoholism/chemical dependency treatments, inpatient mental health care, and psychologists' services, which are mandated in many states, are found to be expensive. Copyright 1990 by MIT Press.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics & Statistics.

Volume (Year): 72 (1990)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 38-44

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:72:y:1990:i:1:p:38-44

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  1. Boone, J. & Douven, R.C.M.H. & Droge, C. & Mosca, I., 2010. "Health Insurance Competition: The Effect of Group Contracts," Discussion Paper 2010-040, Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economic Center.
  2. Chiraz Karamti & Lukasz Grzybowski, 2010. "Hedonic study on mobile telephony market in France: pricing–quality strategies," Netnomics, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 255-289, October.
  3. Hill, Steven C. & Wolfe, Barbara L., 1997. "Testing the HMO competitive strategy: An analysis of its impact on medical care resources," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 261-286, June.
  4. Royalty, Anne Beeson, 2008. "Estimating workers' marginal valuation of employer health benefits: Would insured workers prefer more health insurance or higher wages," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 89-105, January.
  5. Julien Werle & Vincent Perrin & Edouard Martin & Stéphane Jacobzonne, 1997. "Une approche hedonique de la formation des prix des médicaments remboursables," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 129(3), pages 73-99.

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