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Title:Effect of type of insurance and income on waiting time for outpatient care PDF Logo
Authors:Roll, Kathrin
Stargardt, Tom
Schreyögg, Jonas
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:hche Research Paper, Hamburg Center for Health Economics 2011/03
Abstract:This paper analyzes the impact of type of insurance, income, and reason for appointment on waiting time for an appointment and waiting time in the physician's practice in the outpatient sector. Data were obtained from a German patient survey conducted between 2007 and 2009. We differentiated between GP and specialist and controlled for socioeconomic, structural, and institutional characteristics as well as interactions between type of insurance and control variables. Our results reveal that private health insurance plays a significant role in faster access to care at GP and specialist practices. Access to care is also highly influenced by the reason for an appointment. We also found that increased income had a negative effect on waiting time in practices and on waiting time for an appointment in GP practices. Whether inequalities in access to health care also impact overall quality of treatment needs to be investigated in future research.
Subjects:Access to care
outpatient care
private health insurance
public health insurance
waiting times
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:hche Research Papers, Hamburg Center for Health Economics, Universität Hamburg

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