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The Demand for Private Health Insurance: Do Waiting Lists Matter?” – Revisited

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  • Meliyanni Johar

    (University of Technology Sydney)

  • Glenn Jones

    ()
    (University of Technology Sydney)

  • Michael P. Keane

    ()
    (Nuffield College and Department of Economics, University of Oxford)

  • Elizabeth Savage

    (University of Technology Sydney)

  • Olena Stavrunova

    (University of Technology Sydney)

Abstract

Besley, 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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Paper provided by Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford in its series Economics Papers with number 2013-W09.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 13 Jun 2013
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Handle: RePEc:nuf:econwp:1309

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Keywords: health insurance; waiting time; waiting lists;

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  1. Meliyanni Johar & Glenn Jones & Michael Keane & Elizabeth Savage & Olena Stavrunova, 2010. "Waiting times and the decision to buy private health insurance. CHERE Working Paper 2010/9," Working Papers 2010/9, CHERE, University of Technology, Sydney.
  2. Mireia Jofre-Bonet, 2000. "Public health care and private insurance demand: The waiting time as a link," Health Care Management Science, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 51-71, January.
  3. Neil Buckley & Katherine Cuff & Jeremiah Hurley & Logan McLeod & Robert Nuscheler & David Cameron, 2010. "Willingness-to-Pay for Parallel Private Health Insurance: Evidence from Laboratory Experiment," Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Working Paper Series 2010-02, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
  4. Carol Propper, 1995. "The Disutility of Time Spent on the United Kingdom's National Health Service Waiting Lists," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 30(4), pages 677-700.
  5. Tim Besley & John Hall & Ian Preston, 1996. "The demand for private health insurance: do waiting lists matter?," IFS Working Papers W96/07, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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