Nguyen Viet, Cuong (2011): The Impact of Health Insurance for Children: Evidence from Vietnam.
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Although there are numerous studies on impact evaluation of overall health insurance, little is known on the impact of health insurance on health care utilization and out-of-pocket health care spending of children, especially in developing countries. This paper measures the impact of child health insurance on health care utilization and spending of children from 6 to 14 years old in Vietnam using two recent nationally representative surveys. Unlike previous empirical studies which found a positive effect of health insurance on health care utilization in Vietnam, we did not find a statistically significant effect of school health insurance as well as free health insurance for children on outpatient health care contacts. However, the school health insurance and free health insurance help the insured children decrease out-of-pocket spending per outpatient contact by around 14 and 26 percent, respectively.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The Impact of Health Insurance for Children: Evidence from Vietnam|
|Keywords:||Child health insurance, impact evaluation, health care utilization, out-of-pocket spending, Vietnam|
|Subjects:||G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G22 - Insurance; Insurance Companies
H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H51 - Government Expenditures and Health
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H43 - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General
|Depositing User:||Cuong Nguyen Viet|
|Date Deposited:||09. Feb 2012 14:41|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 04:59|
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