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The Effect of Dental Insurance on the Use of Dental Care for Older Adults: A Partial Identification Analysis

Brent Kreider (), Richard J. Manski, John Moeller and John Pepper ()

Health Economics, 2015, vol. 24, issue 7, 840-858

Abstract: We evaluate the impact of dental insurance on the use of dental services using a potential outcomes identification framework designed to handle uncertainty created by unknown counterfactuals—that is, the endogenous selection problem—and uncertainty about the reliability of self‐reported insurance status. Using data from the health and retirement study, we estimate that utilization rates of adults older than 50 years would increase from 75% to around 80% under universal dental coverage. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Date: 2015
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