Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36268
Authors: 
Blanchflower, David G.
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4450
Abstract: 
In this paper I examine the characteristics of adults who report on whether they have health care coverage and of people who say that they are unable to see a doctor over the preceding year because of the cost. I make use of a unique data set, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a phone survey undertaken in the United States for the years 2005-2009. I find evidence that not having the ability to see a doctor because of an inability to pay is a major and substantial source of unhappiness in the United States, even for people with high income.
Subjects: 
Life satisfaction
health care coverage
JEL: 
I18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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