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Insurance effects on US medical spending (1960-1993)

  • Edgar A. Peden

    (Office of Strategic Planning, Health Care Financing Administration, Baltimore, MD, USA)

  • Mark S. Freeland

    (Office of the Actuary, Health Care Financing Administration, Baltimore, MD, USA)

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    Regression results show that nearly half of 1960-1993 growth in real per capita medical spending and almost two-thirds of its 1983-1993 growth were due to ever-increasing levels of insurance coverage (the spending portion paid by third parties). Growth in coverage may have played a minor part as well; we would not rule out the standard finding that it has had a positive but relatively small effect. Viewed from a different perspective, the results imply that about two-thirds of 1960-1993 spending growth came via cost-increasing advances in medical technology resulting from: (1) commercial research and development induced by coverage levels and (2) noncommercial medical research. The remaining one-third, was due to standard factors: age-sex mix changes, income growth and coverage growth (the latter playing a small but indeterminate part).Copyright © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

    Volume (Year): 7 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 8 ()
    Pages: 671-687

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:7:y:1998:i:8:p:671-687
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