Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/76739
Authors: 
Schmid, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers, Department of Economics, Universität Bern 13-01
Abstract: 
The focus of the present study is on consumer health information in relation to supplier induced demand (SID). We argue that a comparison between medical professionals and nonmedical professionals fails to identify demand inducement. Using a new information measure based on questions of the Swiss Health Survey, we estimate a Poisson hurdle model for office visits and the length of stay in hospitals. We find that information has a negative effect on health care utilization. Consequently, we find evidence for SID while our findings support the argument that the profession cannot be used to identify demand inducement.
Subjects: 
Supplier-Induced Demand
Consumer Information
Poisson-Hurdle Model
JEL: 
I11
I18
C24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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