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The Effect of Copayments on Children's and Adolescents' Demand for Medical Care

Alexander Paul and Anton Nilsson

VfS Annual Conference 2014 (Hamburg): Evidence-based Economic Policy from Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association

Abstract: We exploit a policy change in Sweden to estimate the effect of copayments on the demand for children's and adolescents' usage of medical care. To this end, we use population-wide registry data including detailed characteristics of individuals and their medical visits. We examine whether the response to prices varies by socioeconomic background or health status. When visits to doctors become free of charge, we find that individuals see a doctor more often. This effect does not represent a substitution away from inpatient care. The size of the response differs by health and income but not by educational attainment

JEL-codes: G22 I10 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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