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Health Care Reform and the Number of Doctor Visits – An Econometric Analysis

  • Rainer Winkelmann

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    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

The paper evaluates the German health care reform of 1997, using the individual number of doctor visits as outcome measure and data from the German Socio- Economic Panel for the years 1995-1999. A number of modified count data models allow to estimate the effect of the reform in 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.

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Paper provided by Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich in its series SOI - Working Papers with number 0210.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2002
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Applied Econometrics 19, 2004, pages 455-472
Handle: RePEc:soz:wpaper:0210
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