Health Care Reform and the Number of Doctor Visits - An Econometric Analysis
The paper evaluates the German health care reform of 1997, using the individual number of doctor visits as outcome measure. A new econometric model, the Probit-Poisson-log-normal model with correlated errors, describes the data better than existing count data models. Moreover, it has an attractive structural interpretation, as it allows the reforms to have a different effect at different parts of the distribution. The overall effect of the reform was a 10 percent reduction in the number of doctor visits. The effect was much larger in the lower part of the distribution than in the upper part.
|Date of creation:||Jun 2001|
|Publication status:||published in: Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2004, 19 (4), 455-472|
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