Individuals' Use of Care While Uninsured: Effects of Time Since Episode Inception and Episode Length

34 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2007 Last revised: 17 Jul 2007

See all articles by Carole R. Gresenz

Carole R. Gresenz

Georgetown University Medical Center; RAND Corporation - Santa Monica CA Offices

Jeannette A. Rogowski

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) - School of Public Health; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jose Escarce

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - RAND Health Sciences Program; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: May 2007

Abstract

Few studies have addressed how use of care may vary over the course of an episode of being uninsured or across uninsured episodes of varying duration. This research models the probability that an uninsured individual has (a) any medical expenditures or charges, and (b) any office-based visit during each month of an uninsured episode. We find that the ultimate length of an individual's episode of being uninsured bears relatively little on individuals' use of healthcare in any particular month and that the probability of health care utilization rises during the first year of the episode, with more use in the second six months of the year compared to the first six months.

Suggested Citation

Roan Gresenz, Carole and Rogowski, Jeannette A. and Escarce, José, Individuals' Use of Care While Uninsured: Effects of Time Since Episode Inception and Episode Length (May 2007). NBER Working Paper No. w13137. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=989948

Carole Roan Gresenz (Contact Author)

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Jeannette A. Rogowski

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José Escarce

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