Health Insurance and Consumer Welfare : The Case of Monopolistic Drug Markets
AbstractIndividual moral hazard engendered by health insurance and monopolistic production are both typical phenomena of drug markets. We develop a simple model containing these two elements and show that private agents tend to overinsure themselves against health respectively drug expenses if drugs can be produced at low marginal costs. If marginal costs are negligible, health insurance should be abandoned at all.
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Date of creation: 1999
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- D42 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Monopoly
- H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
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