The Health Sector and the Economy conference brought faculty, research professionals, and students together to explore health care issues, from the opioid epidemic to patient-centered care to health innov
Do patients follow prescribed medical treatment more closely when a pharmacy opens in their neighborhood? How do hospitals respond to performance-based incentives to improve the quality of care?
The availability of large, easily accessible datasets allows ready economic analysis of the healthcare sector today.
Price theory combines theoretical and empirical analysis to better understand economic decision-making. This powerful tool is an essential approach for examining health and the function of health care markets and policies.
When the government denies disability benefits to applicants who are married, spouses step up and earn more. But single individuals saw their incomes decline, managing to earn back only a small share of the denied benefit.
What is the best way to improve access to healthcare in poorer parts of the world? Will people value and utilize free insurance the same way they would a cash payment?
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers can no longer deny or price medical coverage based on pre-existing conditions. This offers enormous benefits to those who could not obtain or afford adequate coverage—and potentially enormous risks to health insurance markets.
This paper investigates the effects of the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on households' financial health. Our findings indicate that, in addition to reducing the incidence of unpaid medical bills, the reform provided substantial indirect financial benefits to households. Using a nationally representative panel of 5 million credit records, we find that the expansion reduced unpaid medical bills sent to collection by $3.4 billion in its first two years, prevented new delinquencies, and improved credit scores.