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Title:Happiness and health care coverage PDF Logo
Authors:Blanchflower, David G.
Issue Date: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
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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