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The Economic Crisis and Medical Care Usage

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  • Annamaria Lusardi

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    (Department of Economics, Dartmouth College)

  • Daniel Schneider

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    (Department of Sociology and Office of Population Research, Princeton University,)

  • Peter Tufano
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    Abstract

    We use a unique, nationally representative cross-national dataset to document the reduction in individuals' usage of routine non-emergency medical care in the midst of the economic crisis. A substantially larger fraction of Americans have reduced medical care than have individuals in Great Britain, Canada, France, and Germany, all countries with universal health care systems. At the national level, reductions in medical care are related to the degree to which individuals must pay for it, and within countries are strongly associated with exogenous shocks to wealth and employment.

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    Paper provided by Harvard Business School in its series Harvard Business School Working Papers with number 10-079.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:hbs:wpaper:10-079

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    1. The Economic Crisis and Medical Care Usage
      by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2010-05-12 11:56:38
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    1. Erdal Tekin & Chandler McClellan & Karen Jean Minyard, 2013. "Health and Health Behaviors during the Worst of Times: Evidence from the Great Recession," NBER Working Papers 19234, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Atalay, Kadir & Bakhtiar, Fayzan & Cheung, Stephen L. & Slonim, Robert, 2012. "Savings and Prize-Linked Savings Accounts," IZA Discussion Papers 6927, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. McInerney, Melissa & Mellor, Jennifer M., 2012. "Recessions and seniors’ health, health behaviors, and healthcare use: Analysis of the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 744-751.
    4. Okeke, Edward N., 2013. "Brain drain: Do economic conditions “push” doctors out of developing countries?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 98(C), pages 169-178.
    5. Lin, Haizhen & Ketcham, Jonathan D. & Rosenquist, James N. & Simon, Kosali I., 2013. "Financial distress and use of mental health care: Evidence from antidepressant prescription claims," Economics Letters, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 121(3), pages 449-453.
    6. Janet Currie & Erdal Tekin, 2011. "Is there a Link Between Foreclosure and Health?," NBER Working Papers 17310, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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