Health Insurance among the Elderly in Colombia


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Senior Fellow
  • Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
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Senior Fellow

Relative to other age groups, the elderly are disproportionately likely to become seriously ill and to face burdensome medical expenditures.  Many middle-income countries like Colombia have begun experimenting with targeted public-sector health insurance.  By exploiting discontinuities in eligibility formulas for health insurance subsidies, this project evaluated the consequences of a large targeted health insurance program for the well-being of the elderly in Colombia.  The investigator presented his findings at a Research in Progress seminar in April 2008, and at the University of Chicago in June 2008. A publication, “Risk Protection, Service Use, and Health Outcomes Under Colombia's Health Insurance Program for the Poor”, is currently in press with the American Economic Journal.