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Health services utilization of elderly Swiss: evidence from panel data

  • Martin Schellhorn

    (Department of Empirical Economics and Economic Policy, University of Bern, Switzerland)

  • Andreas E. Stuck

    (Department of Geriatrics and Rehabilitation, Zieglerspital, Bern, Switzerland)

  • Christoph E. Minder

    (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland)

  • John C. Beck

    (School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

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    The demand for health care services by the elderly is a topic of growing importance because of changes in the demographic structure in many countries. This paper provides estimates of the determinants of the demand for physician visits by the elderly, including the impact of a disability prevention intervention. We control for unobserved heterogeneity across individuals and the count data structure of the data by estimating random effects negative binomial models for all primary physician and specialist visits. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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

    Volume (Year): 9 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 533-545

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:9:y:2000:i:6:p:533-545
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