How does health insurance affect health? The Effect of Health Insurance Coverage on the Use of Medical Services Michael Anderson, Carlos Dobkin, and Tal Gross NBER Working Paper No. • Health insurance increases the odds of being tested. Morbidity from the health shock can confound the estimation of how incentives to maintain health insurance affect labor supply responses to ECHI. Rajshree Chakraborty, Maxim Pinkowski, Will Neighbor and Lindsey Meyerson Does health insurance improve health? This question, while apparently a A notable policy response is the introduction of national health insurance coverage, which has already proven in other countries as an effective measure to attain universal access to improved health. • Having a regular health care provider mediates the effect of insurance on testing. Nevertheless, results from this study highlighted variations in demand for health seeking based on type of insurance with highest returns in personal insurance. After reviewing the evidence on this question, we reach three conclusions. 15823 March 2010 JEL No. Market Insights 3 pandemic-related trends will affect credit strength of health insurance industry Check out three key health-care trends that Moodys predicts will affect insurers. • The mediation is greatest when the patient can report the doctor's name. These results both confirm and contradict comparable results from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, the gold standard on relationships between health insurance, utilization, and health. First, many of the studies claiming to show a causal effect of health insurance on health do not do so convincingly because the observed correlation between insurance and good health may be driven by other, unobservable factors. Specifically, health insurance had substantial effects on the use of physician services, preventive services, self-reported health status, and mortality conditional on injury and disease. Any Outpatient Care Use, OR (95% CI) No. TABLE 2— The Effect of Health Insurance Coverage on the Use of Outpatient Care in the National Survey of Drug Use and Health 2014, 2015, and 2016 Survey Waves: United States. G22,I11,I18 ABSTRACT Substantial uncertainty exists regarding the causal effect of health insurance on the utilization of care. We use the best available longitudinal data set, the Health and Retirement Study, and a battery of causal inference methods to provide both central estimates and bounds for the long-term effect of health insurance on health and mortality among the near-elderly (initial age 50–61) over a 20-year period. The effect of health insurance on testing for cardiovascular disease is examined.