Who Takes Advantage of Free Flu Shots? Examining the Effects of an Expansion in Coverage

25 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2011

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Katherine Grace Carman

RAND Corporation

Ilaria Mosca

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); Dutch Healthcare Authority

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Date Written: February 22, 2011

Abstract

Because of the high risk of costly complications (including death) and the externalities of contagious diseases, many countries provide free flu shots to certain populations free of charge. This paper examines the expansion of the free flu shot program in the Netherlands. This program expanded in 2008 to cover all individuals over the age of 60, instead of 65. We investigate the effectiveness of the expansion of the flu shot program and examine those factors that are likely to influence people to change their behavior. We find that the main barrier to take up of free flu shots in the Netherlands is labor force participation. Expansion of the program did little to change the behavior of those at increased risk due to co-morbidities, primarily because these individuals were already getting flu shots.

Keywords: Preventive Health Care, Flu Shot, Dutch Policy, Coverage Expansion

JEL Classification: I10, I18

Suggested Citation

Carman, Katherine Grace and Mosca, Ilaria, Who Takes Advantage of Free Flu Shots? Examining the Effects of an Expansion in Coverage (February 22, 2011). TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2011-011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1766565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1766565

Katherine Grace Carman (Contact Author)

RAND Corporation ( email )

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Ilaria Mosca

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

Warandelaan 2
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Dutch Healthcare Authority ( email )

Postbus 3017
Utrecht, 3502 GA
Netherlands

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