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Am Econ Rev. 2015 Mar;105(3):1067-1104.

The War on Poverty's Experiment in Public Medicine: Community Health Centers and the Mortality of Older Americans.

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Department of Economics, University of Michigan, 611 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109.

Abstract

This paper uses the rollout of the first Community Health Centers (CHCs) to study the longer-term health effects of increasing access to primary care. Within ten years, CHCs are associated with a reduction in age-adjusted mortality rates of 2 percent among those 50 and older. The implied 7 to 13 percent decrease in one-year mortality risk among beneficiaries amounts to 20 to 40 percent of the 1966 poor/non-poor mortality gap for this age group. Large effects for those 65 and older suggest that increased access to primary care has longer-term benefits, even for populations with near universal health insurance. (JEL H75, I12, I13, I18, I32, I38, J14).

PMID:
25999599
PMCID:
PMC4436657
DOI:
10.1257/aer.20120070
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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