Richman, Barak D.
Seeking to redress health disparities across income and race, many policy-makers mandate health insurance benefits, presuming that equalized benefits will help equalize use of beneficial health services. This paper tests that presumption by measuring health care use by a diverse population with comprehensive health insurance. Focusing on use of mental health care and pharmaceuticals, it finds that even when insurance benefits and access are constant, whites and those with high incomes consume more of these benefits than other people do. This suggests that privileged classes extract more health care services even when everyone pays equal premiums for equal insurance coverage.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||health disparities; equalized benefits; beneficial health services; health insurance; insurance benefits|
|Subjects:||Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthcare|
Health > Disparities
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|Date Deposited:||06 Dec 2008|
|Last Modified:||12 May 2011 11:28|
|Link to this item (URI):||http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1169|
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