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Run for cover now or later? The impact of premiums, threats and deadlines on private health insurance in Australia

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  • Randall Ellis & Elizabeth Savage, 2008. "Run for cover now or later? The impact of premiums, threats and deadlines on private health insurance in Australia," International Journal of Health Economics and Management, Springer, vol. 8(4), pages 257-277, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:ijhcfe:v:8:y:2008:i:4:p:257-277
    DOI: 10.1007/s10754-008-9040-4
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    Keywords

    Private health insurance; Financial incentives; Behavioural decision-making; D12; I11; I18;
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    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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