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Prior Conditions, Age and the Impact of Insurance

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  • Eugene Choo
  • Michael Denny

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Health insurance coverage reduces the price perceived by the insured and consequently increases the quantity of health care demanded. We consider vision care insurance because this provides a unique opportunity to observe the differential response to insurance coverage by those with and without a prior medical condition. The results show that there is a response by both groups and the response is larger for those with a prior condition. We also find that vision care insurance is poorly matched in time to the patterns of vision care needs

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Paper provided by University of Toronto, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number tecipa-259.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 10 Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:tecipa-259

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Keywords: Health Insurance; Vision Care; Prior Conditions;

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  1. Sergi Jiménez-Martín & José Labeaga & Maite Martínez-Granado, 2004. "An empirical analysis of the demand for physician services across the European Union," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 5(2), pages 150-165, May.
  2. Jay Bhattacharya & Neeraj Sood, 2005. "Health Insurance and the Obesity Externality," NBER Working Papers 11529, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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