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The Value of Fixed-Reimbursement Healthcare Insurance- Evidence from Cancer Patients in Ontario, Canada

  • Christopher Longo

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    (Health Services Management, DeGroote School of Business, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University)

  • Michel Grignon

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    (Department of Economics, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University)

Critical illness insurance (CII) is a fixed-reimbursement scheme conditioned on the event of a loss, not the size of the loss. We investigate demand for CII. Consumers will be willing to purchase CII depending on their degree of risk aversion to the cost of treating illness, their forgone income, and desire for being compensated for utility loss when sick. Using a theoretical model based on Eeckhoudt (2003), we run simulations using Canadian data for CII policy reimbursement dollar values of purchases, family income, cancer expenditure, and net wealth. We then evaluate how well these models predict actual CII purchases.

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Paper provided by Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in its series Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Working Paper Series with number 2009-03.

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