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Am Econ Rev. 2008 Dec;98(5):2242-2258.

The Impact of Nearly Universal Insurance Coverage on Health Care Utilization: Evidence from Medicare.

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  • 1Department of Economics 549 Evans Hall, #3880 University of California Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-3880 card@econ.berkeley.edu.

Abstract

The onset of Medicare eligibility at age 65 leads to sharp changes in the health insurance coverage of the U.S. population. These changes lead to increases in the use of medical services, with a pattern of gains across socioeconomic groups that varies by type of service. While routine doctor visits increase more for groups that previously lacked insurance, hospital admissions for relatively expensive procedures like bypass surgery and joint replacement increase more for previously insured groups that are more likely to have supplementary coverage after 65, reflecting the relative generosity of their combined insurance package under Medicare.

PMID:
19079738
PMCID:
PMC2600774
DOI:
10.1257/aer.98.5.2242
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