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Evidence of a causal link between health outcomes, insurance coverage, and a policy to expand access: experimental data from children in the Philippines

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  • Stella A. Quimbo
  • John W. Peabody
  • Riti Shimkhada
  • Jhiedon Florentino
  • Orville Solon

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In this paper, we present evidence on the health effects of a health insurance intervention targeted to poor children using data from a randomized policy experiment known as the Quality Improvement Demonstration Study. Among study participants, using a difference-in‐difference regression model, we estimated a 9–12 and 4–9 percentage point reduction in the likelihood of wasting and having an infection, respectively, as measured by a common biomarker C‐reactive Protein. Interestingly, these benefits were not apparent at the time of discharge; the beneficial health effects were manifest several weeks after release from the hospital. Copyright (C) 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 20 (2011)
Issue (Month): 5 (May)
Pages: 620-630

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Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:20:y:2011:i:5:p:620-630

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Keywords: health insurance ; health outcomes ; policy ; children ; experiment ;

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  1. Binagwaho, Agnes & Hartwig, Renate & Ingeri, Denyse & Makaka, Andrew, 2012. "Mutual health insurance and its contribution to improving child health in Rwanda," Passauer Diskussionspapiere, Volkswirtschaftliche Reihe V-66-12, University of Passau, Faculty of Business and Economics.
  2. Gisselquist, Rachel & Niño-Zarazúa, Miguel, 2013. "What can experiments tell us about how to improve governance?," MPRA Paper 49300, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Puyat, Maria Elizabeth Angeline D., 2013. "Factors Influencing PhilHealth Coverage and In-patient Benefit Utilization of Filipino Children under Five," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2013-37, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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