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Increasing price transparency in the Dutch health care market does not affect provider choice

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  • Husiatynski, Maciej
  • Klein, Tobias
  • Mikkers, Misja

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Price transparency is often viewed as an effective way to encourage price shopping and thereby lower health care expenditure. Using individual claims data for 6 frequent, non-emergency dermatological procedures, we estimate the short-run effect of unexpected publication of prices by a major Dutch health insurer on spending and provider choice. Visits to the price transparency website surged, but spending, the likelihood to visit a new provider, distance traveled, and type of provider visited remained unaffected.

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  • Husiatynski, Maciej & Klein, Tobias & Mikkers, Misja, 2021. "Increasing price transparency in the Dutch health care market does not affect provider choice," CEPR Discussion Papers 15981, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:15981
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    Keywords

    healthcare demand; Price Transparency; provider choice;
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    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I13 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Insurance, Public and Private

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