The Economic Crisis and Medical Care Usage
Dartmouth College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
University of Oxford - Said Business School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
January 24, 2010
Harvard Business School Finance Working Paper No. 10-079
We use a unique, nationally representative cross-national dataset to document the reduction in individuals’ usage of routine non-emergency medical care in the midst of the economic crisis. A substantially larger fraction of Americans have reduced medical care than have individuals in Great Britain, Canada, France, and Germany, all countries with universal health care systems. At the national level, reductions in medical care are related to the degree to which individuals must pay for it, and within countries are strongly associated with exogenous shocks to wealth and employment.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24working papers series
Date posted: March 24, 2010
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