Supplemental health insurance in the colombian managed care system: adverse or advantageous selection?
AuthorsPontificia Universidad Javeriana. Facultad de Medicina. Departamento de Epidemiología Clínica y Bioestadística
Buitrago Gutiérrez, Giancarlo
(ISSN: 0167-6296, ESSN: 1879-1646)
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The aim of this article is to estimate the type of selection that exists in the supplemental health insurance market in Colombia where compulsory coverage is implemented through managed care competition. We build a panel database that combines individuals’ information from the Ministry of Health and a database provided by two private health insurers. We perform the correlation test for consumption of health services frequency and supplemental coverage. Following Fang et al. (2008), we condition the estimation on health controls that are available to the econometrician but not to insurers. In both cases we obtain a positive correlation, suggesting that adverse selection predominates. In order to rule out some moral hazard effects, we estimate the correlation between previous frequency of healthcare service consumption and supplemental insurance purchase. The positive correlation obtained is robust to the inclusion of controls for diagnosis implemented by health insurers, suggesting that despite some risk selection strategies, they are not protected from adverse selection. We conclude that some subsidies to supplemental coverage purchase would lower public expenditure in Colombia.
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Spatial coverage (geographic area)Colombia
Link to the resourcehttps://www-sciencedirect-com.ezproxy.javeriana.edu.co/science/article/pii/S0167629617302072
SourceJournal of Health Economics; Vol. 56 (2017)
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