Public Vs. Private Health Care Services Demand in Italy

Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 93-123, April 2003

31 Pages Posted: 27 May 2009

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Daniele Fabbri

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Chiara Monfardini

University of Bologna - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: April 1, 2003

Abstract

In this paper we use data coming from the new Italian Survey on Health Aging and Wealth (SHAW) to analyse physician services utilization in Italy explicitly acknowledging the existence of two different classes of providers: public and private. We consider visits by a specialist physician as the measure of individual services utilization. In particular we assess the relative importance of variables like income, education, private insurance and supply characteristics as determinants of the utilization of such services, while controlling for individual health and need. We do that by estimating some alternative count data regression models of which we discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages and the entailed different interpretation of the results.

Keywords: health care demand, count data analysis, Italian National Health Service, inequality

JEL Classification: C34, C35, C51, D12, I11

Suggested Citation

Fabbri, Daniele and Monfardini, Chiara, Public Vs. Private Health Care Services Demand in Italy (April 1, 2003). Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 93-123, April 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1410007

Daniele Fabbri (Contact Author)

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Chiara Monfardini

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bologna, 40126
Italy
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0039 51 221968 (Fax)

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