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NBER Working Papers by Marcos Vera-Hernández

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October 2009Risk Protection, Service Use, and Health Outcomes Under Colombia’s Health Insurance Program for the Poor
with Grant Miller, Diana M. Pinto: w15456
Unexpected medical care spending imposes considerable financial risk on developing country households. Based on managed care models of health insurance in wealthy countries, Colombia’s Régimen Subsidiado is a publicly financed insurance program targeted to the poor, aiming both to provide risk protection and to promote allocative efficiency in the use of medical care. Using a “fuzzy” regression discontinuity design, we find that the program has shielded the poor from some financial risk while increasing the use of traditionally under-utilized preventive services – with measurable health gains.

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