The Impact of a Disease-Specific Health Insurance Reform on Mortality
Menares, F.; and
Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers from HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York
We study the impact of a healthcare reform that standardized procedures across health providers to guarantee the timely coverage of a set of diseases. Using the universe of death records from Chile and a difference-in-differences research design, we show that mortality from the diseases covered by this reform decreased by 4.4%. The impact was larger on deaths from diseases more amenable to health care, which decreased by 7.1%. Among inpatients with covered diseases, the reform led to a 6.9% decrease in deaths and a 15% increase in surgeries. Our results suggest that this reform increased life expectancy by 0.39 years, creating benefits that largely outweighed its costs.
Keywords: health insurance; mortality; health reform (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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