Free for All? Lessons from the RAND and Health Insurance Experiment

ISBN-10: 0674319141
ISBN-13: 9780674319141
Edition: 1993
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Book details

List price: $44.50
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 502
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

From 1971 to 1982, researchers at the RAND Corporation devised an experiment to address two key questions in health care financing: how much more medical care will people use if it is provided free of charge? and what are the consequences for their health? This book presents a comprehensive account of the experiment and its findings. It will be an invaluable teaching tool and reference for anyone concerned with health-care policy.

Joseph P. Newhouse is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction Background
The Design of the Experiment
Effects of Cost Sharing on Use of Medical Services
Total Annual Per Person Expenditure
Episodes of Treatment Specific Types of Use
Effects of Cost Sharing on Health Outcomes
Adult Health Status and Patient Satisfaction Pediatric Health Status
Results at the Health Maintenance Organization
Use of Services Health and Satisfaction Outcomes
Lessons from the Health Insurance Experiment
Administrative Lessons Central Findings and Policy Implications
Health Insurance Study Publications
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Notes
References
Index

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