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Effect of Type of Insurance and Income on Waiting Time for Outpatient Care

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  • Kathrin Roll

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    (Universitaet Hamburg)

  • Tom Stargardt

    ()
    (Universitaet Hamburg)

  • Jonas Schreyögg

    ()
    (Universitaet Hamburg)

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of type of insurance, income, and reason for appointment on waiting time for an appointment and waiting time in the physician’s practice in the out- patient sector. Data were obtained from a German patient survey conducted between 2007 and 2009. We differentiated between GP and specialist and controlled for socioeconomic, structural, and institutional characteristics as well as interactions between type of insurance and control variables. Our results reveal that private health insurance plays a significant role in faster access to care at GP and specialist practices. Access to care is also highly influenced by the reason for an appointment. We also found that increased income had a negative ef- fect on waiting time in practices and on waiting time for an appointment in GP practices. Whether inequalities in access to health care also impact overall quality of treatment needs to be investigated in future research.

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Paper provided by Hamburg Center for Health Economics, University of Hamburg in its series Working Papers with number 2011/03.

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Keywords: Access to care; outpatient care; private health insurance; public health insur- ance; waiting times;

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  1. Kathrin Roll & Tom Stargardt & Jonas Schrey�gg, 2012. "Effect of Type of Insurance and Income on Waiting Time for Outpatient Care," The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 37(4), pages 609-632, October.
  2. Schmitz, Hendrik, 2013. "Practice budgets and the patient mix of physicians – The effect of a remuneration system reform on health care utilisation," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 1240-1249.
  3. Blankart, Carl Rudolf, 2012. "Does healthcare infrastructure have an impact on delay in diagnosis and survival?," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 105(2), pages 128-137.

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