Health Care Management Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

7-2006

Publication Source

Journal of Health Economics

Volume

25

Issue

4

Start Page

650

Last Page

673

DOI

10.1016/j.jhealeco.2005.11.003

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the meaning of “affordability” in the context of health insurance. Assessing the relationship between the affordability of coverage and the large number of uninsured in the U.S. is important for understanding the barriers to purchasing coverage and evaluating the role of policy in reducing the number of uninsured. We propose several definitions of affordability and examine the implications of alternative definitions for estimates of the proportion of uninsured who are unable to afford coverage. We find that, depending on the definition, health insurance was affordable to between one-quarter and three-quarters of the uninsured in the United States in 2000.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Originally published in the Journal of Health Economics © 2006 Elsevier

This is a pre-publication version. The final version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2005.11.003

Keywords

health insurance, affordability, uninsured

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Date Posted: 26 June 2018

This document has been peer reviewed.