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Optimal health insurance for multiple goods and time periods

Optimal health insurance for multiple goods and time periods

Journal of Health Economics 41: 89-106

We examine the efficiency-based arguments for second-best optimal health insurance with multiple treatment goods and multiple time periods. Correlated shocks across health care goods and over time interact with complementarity and substitutability to affect optimal cost sharing. Health care goods that are substitutes or have positively correlated demand shocks should have lower optimal patient cost sharing. Positive serial correlations of demand shocks and uncompensated losses that are positively correlated with covered health services also reduce optimal cost sharing. Our results rationalize covering pharmaceuticals and outpatient spending more fully than is implied by static, one good, or one period models.

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PMID: 25727031

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2015.01.007

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