Farmers' Health Insurance and Access to Health Care

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Xiaoyong Zheng

North Carolina State University

David M. Zimmer

Western Kentucky University

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Date Written: February 2008


We estimate farmers' health care consumption given their insurance status, explicitly taking into account the possible endogeneity of insurance. Data come from the 1996–2001 waves of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Results show that farmers have problems accessing affordable health insurance coverage, and these access problems lead to an overall reduction in the utilization of health care services by uninsured farmers. After controlling for selection, we observe quantitatively large and statistically significant direct effects of uninsurance on the utilization of health care services.

Keywords: farmers' access to health care, health insurance choice, health care utilization, medical expenditure panel survey

Suggested Citation

Zheng, Xiaoyong and Zimmer, David M., Farmers' Health Insurance and Access to Health Care (February 2008). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 90, Issue 1, pp. 267-279, 2008, Available at SSRN: or

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