NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Diana M. Pinto

Department of Clinical Epidemiology
and Biostatistics
Faculty of Medicine
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
7th Avenue, #40-62, Second Floor
Bogotá, Colombia
Tel: 3208320 ext2804

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October 2009Risk Protection, Service Use, and Health Outcomes Under Colombia's Health Insurance Program for the Poor
with Grant Miller, Marcos Vera-Hernández: 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.

Published: Grant Miller & Diana Pinto & Marcos Vera-Hernández, 2013. "Risk Protection, Service Use, and Health Outcomes under Colombia's Health Insurance Program for the Poor," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 5(4), pages 61-91, October. citation courtesy of

 
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