Universal public health insurance and private coverage: Externalities in health care consumption

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Abstract

Inequality in access to health care services, through private purchase, appears to pose policy challenges greater than inequality in other spheres. This paper explores how inequality in access to health care services relates to social welfare. I examine the sources of private demand for health insurance and the ramifications of this demand for health, for patterns of government spending on health care services, and for individual and social well-being. Finally, I consider a novel policy approach to addressing the externalities of health service consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-357
Number of pages13
JournalCanadian Public Policy
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Equity
  • Health care financing
  • Private health insurance
  • Public choice theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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