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Preference for National Health Service use and the demand for private health insurance in Spain

Costa-i-Font, Joan and Font-Vilalta, Montserrat (2004) Preference for National Health Service use and the demand for private health insurance in Spain. Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance, 29 (4). pp. 705-718. ISSN 1018-5895

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Abstract

In National Health Systems (“NHS”) the funding and provision of health care co-exists with a developing market for private (supplementary) health insurance. In this setting, interactions between the public and private sector are important and likely to influence the demand for private health insurance (“PHI”). This paper empirically examines the interactions between PHI and NHS use using a representative survey for Catalonia (Spain). Our findings show that PHI stands as a financial tool for accessing private health care in Spain. Use of NHS care and the demand for private health insurance are simultaneously determined. The individual take-up of PHI results from a lower use of primary and specialized NHS care. Furthermore, preferences for the NHS care are influenced by captivity towards the NHS care.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/gpp/index.html
Additional Information: © 2004 The International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Departments > European Institute
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2009 14:47
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25870/

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