IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Age segmentation in the Chilean health system


  • Marcelo Tokman R.


A formal model of the Chilean dual health system is presented, which, for appropriate parameters, replicates the observed age segmentation of the population between the private insurance market and the public health insurance. The model is used to compare the level of welfare obtained in the current mixed system with the levels of welfare that could be obtained in alternative “pure” systems, either only private or only public. It is also used to determine how the result of this comparison is affected by intergenerational distribution of income. Finally, the model is used to show that the creation of a mandatory individual savings account to finance the elderly’s health insurance could improve the performance of the Chilean health sector by reducing intergenerational inequality.

Suggested Citation

  • Marcelo Tokman R., 2000. "Age segmentation in the Chilean health system," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 27(1 Year 20), pages 5-32, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:udc:esteco:v:27:y:2000:i:1:p:5-32

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Ronald Fischer & Alejandra Mizala & Pilar Romaguera, 1998. "Alternativas de financiamiento de la salud en el sistema privado, para la tercera edad," Documentos de Trabajo 34, Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile.
    2. Ronald D. Fischer & Pablo Serra, 1997. "Análisis económico del sistema de seguros de salud en Chile," Documentos de Trabajo 17, Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile.
    3. Bitrán, Ricardo & Almarza, Francisco Xavier, 1997. "Las instituciones de salud previsional (ISAPRES) en Chile," Financiamiento para el Desarrollo 56, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


    Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health; Analysis of Health Care Markets; Distribution: General.;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:udc:esteco:v:27:y:2000:i:1:p:5-32. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Verónica Kunze). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.