What happens when you give poor people health insurance?
July 11, 2011 6:50 AM Subscribe
The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence from the First Year
posted by OmieWise (65 comments total)
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(or, What Happens When You Give Poor People Health Insurance?) "We find that in this first year, the treatment group had substantively and statistically significantly higher health care utilization (including primary and preventive care as well as hospitalizations), lower out-of-pocket medical expenditures and medical debt (including fewer bills sent to collection), and better self-reported physical and mental health than the control group."
See also: The Doctor Might See You Now: The Supply Side Effects of Public Health Insurance Expansions
. "This study finds that following the implementation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, physicians decreased the number of hours spent with patients, but increased their participation in the expanded program. Suggestive evidence is found that this decrease in hours was a result of shorter office visits."
Lots of other interesting papers at the National Bureau of Economic Research.