Adult males and individuals with incomes below the median level do not respond significantly to insurance coverage.
The findings of heterogeneous insurance effects have important policy implications for the cost-effectiveness of URBMI across population groups, suggesting the need for differentiated insurance programs.
In the second project, I look at the role of tax subsidies in the supply of health care.
In particular, I exploit variations in state and federal level tax policies in the U.
The validity and efficiency of such practice has long been under debate.
Recently, many state and federal laws have been enacted that mandate the reporting of benefits provided to the community by non-profit providers. Given the preferential tax treatment for nonprofit hospitals, the tax rate, in conjunction with community benefit reporting requirement (CRR), determine the net subsidy provided to a nonprofit hospital compared to its for-profit counterpart.
It also increases efficiency in medical spending by inducing the use of preventative care and reducing the probability of hospitalization.
In terms of health outcomes, insurance coverage has a significant impact on subjective self-ratings in health and happiness.
This dissertation focuses on examining the impact of public spending in health insurance and health care markets.
Health care subsidies account for a fast-growing share of public expenditures in many developed and developing countries, making them an ever more important component of fiscal policy discussions.