The economic crisis and medical care usage
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
This work was done in conjunction with the global market research firm, TNS and, we would like to thank Bertina Bus, Maria Eugenia Garcia-Neder, Ellen Sills-Levy, and Bob Neuhaus. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of TNS or the NBER. Lusardi gratefully acknowledges financial support from Netspar. Schneider thanks the National Science Foundation and the Princeton Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars for financial support. Tufano thanks the HBS Division of Research and Faculty Development for financial support for this work.
- Within countries, negative shocks to wealth and employment are strongly associated with reductions in routine medical care. The...
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