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Replication data for: Hospitals as Insurers of Last Resort

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Garthwaite, Craig
  • Gross, Tal
  • Notowidigdo, Matthew J.
Publication Date
2018-01-01
Description
  • Abstract

    American hospitals are required to provide emergency medical care to the uninsured. We use previously confidential hospital financial data to study the resulting uncompensated care, medical care for which no payment is received. Using both panel-data methods and case studies, we find that each additional uninsured person costs hospitals approximately $800 each year. Increases in the uninsured population also lower hospital profit margins, suggesting that hospitals do not pass along all uncompensated-care costs to other parties such as hospital employees or privately insured patients. A hospital's uncompensated-care costs also increase when a neighboring hospital closes.
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Relations
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/app.20150581 (Text)
Publications
  • Garthwaite, Craig, Tal Gross, and Matthew J. Notowidigdo. “Hospitals as Insurers of Last Resort.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 10, no. 1 (January 2018): 1–39. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20150581.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.20150581 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Garthwaite, Craig; Gross, Tal; Notowidigdo, Matthew J. (2018): Replication data for: Hospitals as Insurers of Last Resort. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113675V1