The Economic Crisis and Medical Care Use: Comparative Evidence from Five High‐Income Countries

Lusardi, Annamaria, Schneider, Daniel and Tufano, Peter (2015) The Economic Crisis and Medical Care Use: Comparative Evidence from Five High‐Income Countries. Social Science Quarterly, 96 (1). pp. 202-213.

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Abstract

Objective
We examine how the economic crisis has affected individuals’ use of routine medical care and assess the extent to which the impact varies depending on national context.

Methods
Data from a new cross‐national survey fielded in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, and Germany are used to estimate the effects of employment and wealth shocks and financial fragility on the use of routine care.

Results
We document reductions in individuals’ use of routine nonemergency medical care in the midst of the economic crisis. Americans reduced care more than individuals in Great Britain, Canada, France, and Germany. At the national level, reductions in care are related to the degree to which individuals must pay for it, and within countries, reductions are linked to shocks to wealth and employment and to financial fragility.

Conclusions
The economic crisis has led to reductions in the use of routine medical care, and systems of national insurance provide some protection against these effects.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: medical care; financial crisis; national insurance; finance
Subject(s): Finance
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2015 15:27
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 16:47
Funders: not applicable
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5543

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