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Consumer Resistance Against Regulation: The Case of Health Care

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  • Peter Zweifel

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    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

  • Harry Telser

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    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

  • Stephan Vaterlaus

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    (Plaut Economics, Olten)

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    Abstract

    Regulation fostering Managed Care alternatives in health insurance is spreading. This work reports on an experiment designed to measure the amounts of compensation asked by the Swiss population (in terms of reduced premiums) for Managed-Care type restrictions in the provision of health care. It finds that restrictions on the freedom of physician choice would require an average compensation of more than one-third of the premium, while generic substitution even meets with a small willingness to pay. Marked preference heterogeneity is an argument against regulation imposing uniformity of contract in Swiss social health insurance.

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    Paper provided by Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich in its series SOI - Working Papers with number 0505.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2005
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    Publication status: Published in Journal of Regulatory Economics 29(3), 2006, pp. 319-332
    Handle: RePEc:soz:wpaper:0505

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    Keywords: health insurance; health care; regulation; preference measurement; discrete choice experiments;

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    1. Klaus Dirk Henke, 2007. "Zur Dualitaet von GKV und PKV, The Future of Private and Public Health Insurance in Germany," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 227(5+6), pages 502-528, December.
    2. Joachim Marti, 2012. "Assessing preferences for improved smoking cessation medications: a discrete choice experiment," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 13(5), pages 533-548, October.

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