The economic crisis and medical care usage

Annamaria Lusardi, Daniel J. Schneider, Peter Tufano

NBER Working Paper No. 15843
Issued in March 2010
NBER Program(s):Aging

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

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w15843

Published: The Economic Crisis and Medical Care Use: Comparative Evidence from Five High-Income Countries† Annamaria Lusardi1,*, Daniel Schneider2 andPeter Tufano3 Article first published online: 20 JAN 2014 DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12076 © 2014 by the Southwestern Social Science Association Issue Social Science Quarterly Social Science Quarterly Volume 96, Issue 1, pages 202–213, March 2015

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