More hospital choices, more C-sections: Evidence from Chile
Ramiro de Elejalde () and
Eugenio Giolito ()
Documentos de Trabajo LACEA from The Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association - LACEA
In this paper, we study the effect on cesarean rates of a policy change in Chile that decreased the cost of delivery at private hospitals for women with public health insurance. Using a difference-indifferences (DID) approach based on the eligibility conditions for this benefit, we find that in the first three years after the policy took effect, deliveries in private hospitals increased by 8.7 percentage points, while the probability of a C-section being performed increased by 4.6 percentage points, with negative impacts on average newborn weight and size at birth. We show that the probability of an early term birth in hospitals participating in the program is an increasing function of expected hospital demand at the time of the full-term due date. This suggests that in the absence of price incentives, hospitals use C-sections to smooth out demand over time to optimize the use of their resources.
Keywords: Health care; provider incentives; labor and delivery. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 I13 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea, nep-ias and nep-lam
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Working Paper: More Hospital Choices, More C-sections: Evidence from Chile (2019)
Working Paper: More Hospital Choices, More C-Sections: Evidence from Chile (2019)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:col:000518:017312
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Documentos de Trabajo LACEA from The Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association - LACEA
Bibliographic data for series maintained by LACEA ().