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Estimating Price Elasticities of Convalescent Care Programmes

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This study is the first to estimate price elasticities of demand for convalescent care programmes. In 1997, the German legislature more than doubled the daily co-payments for the publicly insured from €6 to €13. The measure caused the overall demand for convalescent care treatments to fall by 20 to 25%. I estimate the price elasticity for medical rehabilitation programmes aimed at preventing work disability to be about - 0.3, whereas the elasticity for medical rehabilitation programmes for recovery from accidents at work lies around - 0.5. The demand for preventive treatment at health spas is elastic and less than - 1. Copyright © The Author(s). Journal compilation © Royal Economic Society 2010.

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  • NicolasR. Ziebarth, 2010. "Estimating Price Elasticities of Convalescent Care Programmes," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 120(545), pages 816-844, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:120:y:2010:i:545:p:816-844
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    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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