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Is public health insurance an appropriate instrument for redistribution?


Henriet, Dominique; Rochet, Jean-Charles (2006). Is public health insurance an appropriate instrument for redistribution? Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, (83/84):61-82.

Abstract

The share of the public sector in health insurance provision
varies enormously from country to country. It is larger in more redistributive countries. We provide a possible theoretical explanation for these facts: a public health insurance system, fi nanced by taxes, can be an effi cient means of redistribution, complementary to income taxation. This relies on the assumption of a negative correlation between income and morbidity. We examine the empirical validity of this assumption on macro data.

Abstract

The share of the public sector in health insurance provision
varies enormously from country to country. It is larger in more redistributive countries. We provide a possible theoretical explanation for these facts: a public health insurance system, fi nanced by taxes, can be an effi cient means of redistribution, complementary to income taxation. This relies on the assumption of a negative correlation between income and morbidity. We examine the empirical validity of this assumption on macro data.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2006
Deposited On:22 May 2012 07:40
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:20
Publisher:INSEE
ISSN:0769-489X
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://annales.ensae.fr/anciens/n8384/vol8384-03.pdf
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:3439

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