Prevention and Private Health Insurance in the U.K.

Christophe Courbage, Augustin de Coulon

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This paper investigates empirically how different insurance plans affect individual behaviours in terms of prevention activities in the U.K. The data come from the British Household Panel Survey. We test if purchasing private health insurance modifies the probability of exercising, undergoing regular check-ups and smoking. Based on both simple probits and an IV strategy, our results suggest that, in the U.K., contracting private health insurance does not lead to less prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719 - 727
Number of pages9
JournalGeneva Papers on Risk and Insurance
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


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