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Type Journal Article - Health Economics
Title Evidence of a causal link between health outcomes, insurance coverage, and a policy to expand access: experimental data from children in the Philippines
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Volume 20
Issue 5
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Page numbers 620-630
URL http://ideas.repec.org/a/wly/hlthec/v20y2011i5p620-630.html
Abstract
In this paper, we present evidence on the health effects of a health insurance intervention targeted to poor children using data from a randomized policy experiment known as the Quality Improvement Demonstration Study. Among study participants, using a difference-in-difference regression model, we estimated a 9–12 and 4–9 percentage point reduction in the likelihood of wasting and having an infection, respectively, as measured by a common biomarker C-reactive Protein. Interestingly, these benefits were not apparent at the time of discharge; the beneficial health effects were manifest several weeks after release from the hospital. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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