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The demand for private health insurance: do waiting lists matter?

Besley, Timothy, Hall, J. and Preston, I. (1999) The demand for private health insurance: do waiting lists matter? Journal of Public Economics, 72 (2). pp. 155-181. ISSN 0047-2727

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Identification Number: 10.1016/S0047-2727(98)00108-X


In spite of government dominance in financing health care in many countries, the private health care sector remains important. This is true even though most public provision is heavily subsidized, and in many cases free, at source. Britain's National Health Service fails to drive out the private sector because it suffers from certain inflexibilities. Here, we show that longer waiting lists for NHS treatment are associated with greater purchases of private health insurance.

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Additional Information: © 1999 Elsevier
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2010 13:11
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2021 18:06

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