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Prior Conditions, Age and the Impact of Insurance

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  • Eugene Choo
  • Michael Denny

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Health insurance coverage reduces the price perceived by the insured and consequently increases the quantity of health care demanded. We consider vision care insurance because this provides a unique opportunity to observe the differential response to insurance coverage by those with and without a prior medical condition. The results show that there is a response by both groups and the response is larger for those with a prior condition. We also find that vision care insurance is poorly matched in time to the patterns of vision care needs

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  • Eugene Choo & Michael Denny, 2006. "Prior Conditions, Age and the Impact of Insurance," Working Papers tecipa-259, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:tecipa-259
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    1. Jay Bhattacharya & Neeraj Sood, 2005. "Health Insurance and the Obesity Externality," NBER Working Papers 11529, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Sergi Jiménez-Martín & José Labeaga & Maite Martínez-Granado, 2004. "An empirical analysis of the demand for physician services across the European Union," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 5(2), pages 150-165, May.
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    Keywords

    Health Insurance; Vision Care; Prior Conditions;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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