Medical Insurance

Demand for insurance (including long-term care, supple- mentary insurance); supply of insurance services; moral hazard, its control and trade-offs with risk-pooling; adverse selection and cream skimming; tax-financed health care sys- tems; tax policy, exemptions, personal subsidies and health care financing; private and public systems of health insur- ance; welfare effects of ‘excess’ insurance and the trade-off
with internalizing externalities; insurance effects on health care providers; issues in coverage: services covered, individual eligibility.

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“Doing the math” on the distribution of healthcare expenditures: a Pareto-like distribution is inevitable

Yesterday I explored one of the major challenges to affordable, universal health insurance, namely the high cost of providing care to the sickest patients. The extreme distribution of healthcare costs means that “Targeting the highest… Read More »“Doing the math” on the distribution of healthcare expenditures: a Pareto-like distribution is inevitable