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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(1), 9-27; doi:10.3390/ijerph7010009

The Selection of an Appropriate Count Data Model for Modelling Health Insurance and Health Care Demand: Case of Indonesia

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Faculty of Public Health, the University of Indonesia, Kampus FKM UI, Building F 1th Floor, Depok 16424, Indonesia
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Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, the World Bank Office Jakarta, Jakarta Stock Exchange Building Tower 2, 12th Floor, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta 12190, Indonesia
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Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK
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Received: 30 November 2009 / Accepted: 20 December 2009 / Published: 29 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Economics)
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Abstract

We apply several estimators to Indonesian household data to estimate the relationship between health insurance and the number of outpatient visits to public and private providers. Once endogeneity of insurance is taken into account, there is a 63 percent increase in the average number of public visits by the beneficiaries of mandatory insurance for civil servants. Individuals' decisions to make first contact with private providers is affected by private insurance membership. However, insurance status does not make any difference for the number of future outpatient visits. View Full-Text
Keywords: health insurance; demand for health care; endogeneity; count data models health insurance; demand for health care; endogeneity; count data models
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Hidayat, B.; Pokhrel, S. The Selection of an Appropriate Count Data Model for Modelling Health Insurance and Health Care Demand: Case of Indonesia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 9-27.

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