The Demand for Private Health Insurance: Do Waiting Lists Matter?” – Revisited
AbstractBesley, Hall and Preston (JPubEc, 1999) investigate how waiting for medical treatment in public hospitals influences the decision to buy private health insurance, which covers faster private treatment. They find sizable positive impacts which have subsequently been influential on waiting lists management policies. This paper re-examines this result, in particular the sensitivity to the use of waiting lists as a proxy for waiting times. It is found that waiting lists do not predict private health insurance demand, and that the impact of waiting time in motivating the purchase of insurance has been overstated.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford in its series Economics Papers with number 2013-W09.
Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 13 Jun 2013
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health insurance; waiting time; waiting lists;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- I13 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Insurance, Public and Private
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-06-30 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2013-06-30 (Health Economics)
- NEP-IAS-2013-06-30 (Insurance Economics)
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IFS Working Papers
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