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Insurance Search and Switching Behaviour at the time of the Dutch Health Insurance Reform

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  • Bolhaar J
  • Lindeboom M
  • van der Klaauw B

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The Netherlands introduced a new health insurance system in January 2006, a system based on managed competition. Such a system critically hinges on consumers that search. It is for this reason we think it is important to investigate the extend to which consumers search, how they search and why they search ´or don’t search. The price dispersion observed in the insurance market after the reform suggests the number of consumers that searches is low. We set up a search model for insurance that includes the main features of the Dutch health insurance market after the reform and test the hypotheses from this model on the data.

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Paper provided by HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York in its series Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers with number 09/14.

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  1. Ziebarth, N.; & Schmitz, H.;, 2012. "In absolute or relative terms? How framing prices affects the consumer price sensitivity of health plan choice," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 12/03, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
  2. Hendrik Schmitz & Nicolas R. Ziebarth, 2011. "In Absolute or Relative Terms? How Framing Prices Affects the Consumer Price Sensitivity of," Ruhr Economic Papers 0304, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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