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The role of proximity to death in need-based approaches to health care


  • Asada, Yukiko
  • Kephart, George
  • Hurley, Jeremiah
  • Yoshida, Yoko
  • Smith, Andrea
  • Bornstein, Stephen


This study examines the role of proximity to death (PTD) in need-based approaches to health care by: (1) investigating whether PTD is a statistically significant, independent predictor of health-care use; and (2) estimating PTD's marginal impact on need-based allocation of health-care resources.

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  • Asada, Yukiko & Kephart, George & Hurley, Jeremiah & Yoshida, Yoko & Smith, Andrea & Bornstein, Stephen, 2012. "The role of proximity to death in need-based approaches to health care," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 106(3), pages 291-302.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:106:y:2012:i:3:p:291-302 DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2012.04.004

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