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Evidence of a causal link between health outcomes, insurance coverage, and a policy to expand access: experimental data from children in the Philippines

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  • Stella A. Quimbo
  • John W. Peabody
  • Riti Shimkhada
  • Jhiedon Florentino
  • Orville Solon

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In this paper, we present evidence on the health effects of a health insurance intervention targeted to poor children using data from a randomized policy experiment known as the Quality Improvement Demonstration Study. Among study participants, using a difference-in‐difference regression model, we estimated a 9–12 and 4–9 percentage point reduction in the likelihood of wasting and having an infection, respectively, as measured by a common biomarker C‐reactive Protein. Interestingly, these benefits were not apparent at the time of discharge; the beneficial health effects were manifest several weeks after release from the hospital. Copyright (C) 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Stella A. Quimbo & John W. Peabody & Riti Shimkhada & Jhiedon Florentino & Orville Solon, 2011. "Evidence of a causal link between health outcomes, insurance coverage, and a policy to expand access: experimental data from children in the Philippines," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(5), pages 620-630, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:20:y:2011:i:5:p:620-630
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    3. Niño-Zarazúa, Miguel & Gisselquist, Rachel M., 2013. "What Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Governance?," WIDER Working Paper Series 077, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    5. Binagwaho, Agnes & Hartwig, Renate & Ingeri, Denyse & Makaka, Andrew, 2012. "Mutual health insurance and its contribution to improving child health in Rwanda," Passauer Diskussionspapiere, Volkswirtschaftliche Reihe V-66-12, University of Passau, Faculty of Business and Economics.
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    7. Palmer, Michael & Mitra, Sophie & Mont, Daniel & Groce, Nora, 2015. "The impact of health insurance for children under age 6 in Vietnam: A regression discontinuity approach," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 217-226.
    8. Abrigo, Michael R.M. & Paqueo, Vicente B., 2017. "Social Protection and Access to Health Care among Children in the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2017-36, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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