Impact of New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme on medical service utilization in Rural China

Li Jian Qin, Cheng Gang Wang

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Abstract

This article examines the impact of the New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme on medical service utilization in rural China using an econometric approach accounting for selection and censoring problems in data. The results show that the New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme significantly increases the number and medical cost of outpatient visits per capita. Furthermore, the results provide evidence on the potential inference errors that could occur without taking into account the sample selection issues in the estimation procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-477
Number of pages8
JournalActual Problems of Economics
Volume156
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme
  • Outpatient medical cost
  • Outpatient visits
  • Rural China

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