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Medicare And Inequalities In Health Outcomes: The Case Of Breast Cancer


  • Sandra L. Decker
  • Carol Rapaport


This article evaluates whether expanding Medicare to cover those between ages 55 and 64 will improve the health status of these near-elderly individuals. We compare the experiences of near-elderly and elderly women with breast cancer and pay special attention to those demographic groups traditionally thought to be disadvantaged. Using unique individual-level data from the National Cancer Institute, we find that expanding Medicare does not improve the probability that a black woman will have her cancer diagnosed early. However, if she does happen to be diagnosed early, a discretE-time hazard model of survival finds that the price effects of insurance will improve her odds of survival. Copyright 2002 Western Economic Association International.

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  • Sandra L. Decker & Carol Rapaport, 2002. "Medicare And Inequalities In Health Outcomes: The Case Of Breast Cancer," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 20(1), pages 1-11, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:20:y:2002:i:1:p:1-11

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    1. Hurd, Michael D. & McGarry, Kathleen, 1997. "Medical insurance and the use of health care services by the elderly," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(2), pages 129-154, April.
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    1. Christelis, Dimitris & Georgarakos, Dimitris & Sanz-de-Galdeano, Anna, 2014. "The impact of health insurance on stockholding: A regression discontinuity approach," CFS Working Paper Series 488, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).
    2. David Card & Carlos Dobkin & Nicole Maestas, 2009. "Does Medicare Save Lives?," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 124(2), pages 597-636.
    3. Sandra Decker & Carol Rapaport, 2002. "Medicare and Disparities in Women's Health," NBER Working Papers 8761, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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