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Self Selection and Moral Hazard in Chilean Health Insurance

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  • Claudio Sapelli


    (Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.)

  • Bernardita Vial


    (Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.)

In Chile, dependant workers are mandated to purchase health insurance and they can chose between one public provider and several private providers. Here, we analyze the relation between utilization and the choice of either private or public insurance. Independent workers, however, are not mandated. In this case, we analyze the relationship between utilization and the decision to purchase insurance. The results show adverse selection against insurance companies for independent workers and against FONASA for dependant workers. Moral hazard is negligible in the case of hospitalization. Regarding medical visits, over consumption is quantitatively important and statistically significant in all cases (against insurance for independents; against public and private insurance in the case of dependant workers).

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Paper provided by Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. in its series Documentos de Trabajo with number 195.

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Date of creation: 2001
Publication status: Published as "Self Selection and Moral Hazard in Chilean Health Insurance", Journal of Health Economics, Volume 22, Issue 3, May 2003, pp. 459-476.
Handle: RePEc:ioe:doctra:195
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  1. Claudio Sapelli & Bernardita Vial, 1998. "Utilización de Prestaciones de Salud en Chile: ¿Es Diferente entre Grupos de Ingreso?," Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile., vol. 35(106), pages 343-382.
  2. Claudio Sapelli & Arístides Torche, 1998. "El Seguro Previsional de Salud: Determinantes de la Elección entre Seguro Público y Privado, 1990-1994," Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile., vol. 35(106), pages 383-406.
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