Health insurance: Medical treatment vs disability payment
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Asheim, G.B., A.W. Emblem og T. Nilssen
We present arguments for treating health insurance and disability insurance in an integrated manner in economic analysis, based on a model where each individual’s utility depends on both consumption and health and her income depends on her earning ability. When purchasing insurance, she may choose a contract that offers less than full medical treatment. We find that high-ability individuals demand full recovery and equalize utility across states, while low-ability individuals demand partial treatment and cash compensation and suffer a loss in utility if ill. Our results carry over to the case where health states are not observable.
Health insurance; Health demand; Disability insurance
Project:Oppdragsgiver: Norges forskningsråd
Frisch prosjekt: 4101 - Economics of health