The influence of BMI, obesity and overweight on medical costs: a panel data perspective
AbstractThis paper estimates the impact of BMI, obesity and overweight on direct medical costs. We apply panel data econometrics and use a two-part model with a longitudinal dataset of medical and administrative records of patients in primary and secondary healthcare centres in Spain followed up over seven consecutive years (2004-2010). Other modelling approaches are also investigated as a robustness analysis. Our findings show a positive and statistically significant impact of BMI, obesity and overweight on annual medical costs after accounting for data restrictions, different subsamples of individuals and various econometric specifications.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York in its series Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers with number 13/15.
Date of creation: Jun 2013
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BMI and Obesity; Healthcare costs; Panel data; Two-part models;
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