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Healthcare Spending and Utilization in Public and Private Medicare

Vilsa Curto, Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Jonathan D. Levin, Jay Bhattacharya

NBER Working Paper No. 23090
Issued in January 2017

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are grateful to Andelyn Russell, Daniel Salmon, and Martina Uccioli for excellent research assistance, and to numerous seminar participants for helpful comments. We gratefully acknowledge support from the NSF (SES-1527942, Bhattacharya, Einav, and Levin), the NIA (R01 AG032449, Einav and Finkelstein; R37 AG036791, Bhattacharya), and the Sloan Foundation (Bhattacharya, Einav, Finkelstein, and Levin). The authors acknowledge the assistance of the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and its data contributors, Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare, in providing the claims data analyzed in this study. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Liran Einav ----

I would like to disclose that I am an adviser to Nuna Health, a data analytics startup company, which specializes in analytics of health insurance claims. I am not being paid by them, but have received equity (nominal value is less than $1,000; the market value is hard to assess).

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Jonathan D. Levin ----

I serve on the Advisory Board of Collective Health, which provides health benefit services to employers.

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