Socio-Economic Status and Child Health: Does Public Health Insurance Narrow the Gap?
Drawing on evidence from the United States, this paper examines the effects of public health insurance on children. Recent expansions of American public health insurance programs to previously ineligible children have created a great deal of variation that can be used to identify their effects. Results indicate that providing public insurance to poor children narrows socioeconomic gaps in utilization and health among children. However, inefficiencies and inequalities in the allocation of health care remain, which suggests that universality and outreach programs are also important components of the public health systems common in Europe. Copyright 1995 by The editors of the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.
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Volume (Year): 97 (1995)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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