NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
loading...

The Simultaneous Effects of Obesity, Insurance Choice, and Medical Visit Choice on Health Care Costs

Ralph Bradley, Colin Baker

Chapter in NBER book Measuring and Modeling Health Care Costs (2018), Ana Aizcorbe, Colin Baker, Ernst Berndt, and David Cutler, editors (p. 211 - 240)
Conference held October 18-19, 2013
Published in February 2018 by University of Chicago Press
© 2018 by the National Bureau of Economic Research
in NBER Book Series Studies in Income and Wealth

Several studies have estimated the increases in health care spending from rising obesity prevalence, but they have not accounted for the endogeneity of insurance. This study recognizes that there are unobserved heterogeneous factors that guide choices on health insurance, body mass index (BMI) and care-seeking behavior, with the idea that neither health insurance nor BMI should be treated as exogenous when estimating a cost function. Also, this study uses a Tobit model to account for corner solutions in which individuals have a medical expenditure of zero. We find that obesity raises medical costs by $430.33, and that a 10% reduction in the BMI of each obese person would only lower costs by $45.28. The obesity elasticity with respect to cost is only .0115%.

This chapter is no longer available for free download, since the book has been published. To obtain a copy, you must buy the book.
Order from Amazon.com

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Users who downloaded this chapter also downloaded* these:
Hall and Highfill Calculating Disease-Based Medical Care Expenditure Indexes for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Comparison of Method and Data Choices
Chansky, Garner, and Raichoudhary Measuring Output and Productivity in Private Hospitals
Rosen, Aizcorbe, Highfill, Chernew, Liebman, Ghosh, and Cutler Attribution of Health Care Costs to Diseases: Does the Method Matter?
Glazer, McGuire, and Shi Risk Adjustment of Health Plan Payments to Correct Inefficient Plan Choice from Adverse Selection
Schreyer and Mas Measuring Health Services in the National Accounts: An International Perspective
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
NBER Videos
Themes
Data
People
About

National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us