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Happiness and Health Care Coverage

  • Blanchflower, David G.


    (Dartmouth College)

In this paper I examine the characteristics of adults who report on whether they have health care coverage and of people who say that they are unable to see a doctor over the preceding year because of the cost. I make use of a unique data set, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a phone survey undertaken in the United States for the years 2005-2009. I find evidence that not having the ability to see a doctor because of an inability to pay is a major and substantial source of unhappiness in the United States, even for people with high income.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4450.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4450
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