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Health Care, Insurance, and the Contract Choice Effect

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  • Richard Dusansky
  • Çagatay Koç

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This article explores the interdependence between the individual consumer's demand for medical care and choice of health insurance coverage, with emphasis on its implications for demand behavior and empirical analysis. We show that an increase in the price of medical care has two effects on demand, the usual response of reduced quantity demanded and a health insurance contract choice effect resulting from the consumer's incentive to change insurance plan. The contract choice effect, widely neglected in studies of medical care demand, alters both the quantitative and qualitative predictive properties of the consumer's demand for medical services. (JEL D11, D81, I11) Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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  • Richard Dusansky & Çagatay Koç, 2006. "Health Care, Insurance, and the Contract Choice Effect," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 44(1), pages 121-127, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:44:y:2006:i:1:p:121-127
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    Cited by:

    1. Richard Dusansky & Çağatay Koç, 2016. "Individual Welfare When Consumers Can Shop For Health Insurance," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 54(2), pages 1283-1290, April.
    2. Azomahou, Theophile & Soete, Luc & Diene, Bity & Diene, Mbaye, 2012. "Optimal health investment with separable and non-separable preferences," MERIT Working Papers 047, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    3. Jihong Ding & Minglai Zhu, 2009. "A theoretical investigation of the reformed public health insurance in urban China," Frontiers of Economics in China, Springer;Higher Education Press, vol. 4(1), pages 1-29, March.

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    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets

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