Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

The Changing US Health Insurance Market

An interesting paper by Graves and Nikpay (2017) look at the evoluation of the health insurance market before and after Obamacare.  The authors find We found that the ACA’s unprecedented coverage changes increased transitions to Medicaid and nongroup coverage among the uninsured, while strengthening the existing employer-sponsored insurance system and improving retention of public coverage. […]

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Do Medicaid Expansions Crowd Out Private Health Insurance?

According to Hamersma and Matthew Kim (2013), the answer is no. The authors use data from the 1996, 2001, and 2004 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). This data is supplemented with state-level information on Medicaid income eligibility rules. The authors classify each person as either: holding no insurance, private insurance, […]

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Healthcare Spending in Indonesia

A recent J Health Econ paper describes the changes to the system of public health financing in Indonesia.  Today, I review this article. Public Health Expenditures in Indonesia In the Suharto Regime, district health offices implemented centrally determined policies, and “a large network of public health clinics (puskesmas) was set up to deliver primary outpatient […]

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Explaining government crowd-out with March Madness

While watching the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, I’ve noticed a large number of ads for the 2010 Census.  Is this a good investment of tax dollars?  What is the marginal increase in the number of Census responses for each ad?  How much does the government value one additional Census response?  How much should it value […]

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