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Individuals' Use of Care While Uninsured: Effects of Time Since Episode Inception and Episode Length

Carole Roan Gresenz, Jeannette Rogowski and José J. Escarce

No 13137, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Few studies have addressed how use of care may vary over the course of an episode of being uninsured or across uninsured episodes of varying duration. This research models the probability that an uninsured individual has (a) any medical expenditures or charges, and (b) any office-based visit during each month of an uninsured episode. We find that the ultimate length of an individual's episode of being uninsured bears relatively little on individuals' use of healthcare in any particular month and that the probability of health care utilization rises during the first year of the episode, with more use in the second six months of the year compared to the first six months.

JEL-codes: D1 D19 I19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-05
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Published as Carole Roan Gresenz & Jeannette Rogowski & José J. Escarce, 2008. "Individuals’ Use of Care while Uninsured: Effects of Time Since Episode Inception and Episode Length," Journal of the National Medical Association, vol 100(12), pages 1394-1404.

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