The Impact of Health Insurance for Children: Evidence from Vietnam
AbstractAlthough there are numerous studies on impact evaluation of overall health insurance, little is known on the impact of health insurance on health care utilization and out-of-pocket health care spending of children, especially in developing countries. This paper measures the impact of child health insurance on health care utilization and spending of children from 6 to 14 years old in Vietnam using two recent nationally representative surveys. Unlike previous empirical studies which found a positive effect of health insurance on health care utilization in Vietnam, we did not find a statistically significant effect of school health insurance as well as free health insurance for children on outpatient health care contacts. However, the school health insurance and free health insurance help the insured children decrease out-of-pocket spending per outpatient contact by around 14 and 26 percent, respectively.
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Date of creation: 21 Jun 2011
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Child health insurance; impact evaluation; health care utilization; out-of-pocket spending; Vietnam;
Other versions of this item:
- Nguyen Viet Cuong, 2012. "The Impact of Health Insurance for Children:Evidence from Vietnam," Working Papers 33, Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN), Vietnam.
- G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
- H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
- H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
- I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
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- NEP-ALL-2012-02-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2012-02-20 (Development)
- NEP-HEA-2012-02-20 (Health Economics)
- NEP-IAS-2012-02-20 (Insurance Economics)
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