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Quality information disclosure and health insurance demand: evidence from VA hospital report cards

Xiaoxue Li ()

International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 2020, vol. 20, issue 2, No 4, 177-199

Abstract: Abstract This study examines the effect of public reporting of quality information on the demand for public insurance. In particular, we examine the effect of the introduction of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital quality report cards in 2008. Using data from the Current Population Survey in 2005–2015, we find that new information about the quality of a VA hospital had a significant effect on VA coverage among veterans living in the same Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Despite the significant effect on VA coverage, the quality report did not have a spillover effect on veterans’ labor supply. Moreover, updated quality information released in later years, which was presented in a less straightforward form, led to no additional changes in VA coverage. These findings suggest that quality reports for public insurance programs can be used as a policy lever to facilitate take up decision among potential beneficiaries.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs; Health insurance demand; Quality report (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I13 I18 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10754-019-09276-9

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