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Measuring the Effects of Removing Subsidies for Private Insurance on Public Expenditure for Health Care

  • Terence Chai Cheng

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

This paper investigates the effects of removing subsidies for private health insurance on public sector expenditure for hospital care. An econometric framework using simultaneous equation models is developed to analyse the interrelated decisions on the intensity and type of health care use and insurance. The results indicate that while privately insured individuals are more likely to seek hospital care as a private patient, they do not differ in their intensity of hospital care use compared with those without private insurance. The simulation results suggest that eliminating subsides could potentially yield substantial public sector savings.

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Paper provided by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne in its series Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series with number wp2011n26.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iae:iaewps:wp2011n26
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