The Economic Crisis and Medical Care Usage

Lusardi, Annamaria, Schneider, Daniel and Tufano, Peter (2015) The Economic Crisis and Medical Care Usage. Social Science Quarterly, 96 (1). pp. 202-213.


We use a unique, nationally representative cross-national dataset to document the reduction in individuals' usage of routine non-emergency medical care in the midst of the economic crisis. A substantially larger fraction of Americans have reduced medical care than have individuals in Great Britain, Canada, France, and Germany, all countries with universal health care systems. At the national level, reductions in medical care are related to the degree to which individuals must pay for it, and within countries are strongly associated with exogenous shocks to wealth and employment.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: medical care; financial crisis; national insurance; finance
Subject(s): Finance
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2015 15:27
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 14:21
Funders: not applicable

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