Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51901
Authors: 
Ziebarth, Nicolas R.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5602
Abstract: 
Using SOEP panel data and difference-in-differences methods, this study is the first to empirically evaluate the effectiveness of four different health care cost containment measures within an integrated framework. The four measures investigated were introduced in Germany in 1997 to reduce moral hazard and public health expenditures in the market for convalescent care. Doubling the daily copayments was clearly the most effective cost containment measure, resulting in a reduction in demand of about 20 percent. Indirect measures such as allowing employers to cut statutory sick pay or paid vacation during health spa stays did not significantly reduce demand.
Subjects: 
health expenditures
cost containment measures
copayment
convalescent care
SOEP
JEL: 
H51
I11
I18
J22
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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