Does Seeing the Doctor More Often Keep You Out of the Hospital?

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Robert Kaestner ; Anthony T. Lo Sasso (2012)
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By exploiting a unique health insurance benefit design, we provide novel evidence on the causal association between outpatient and inpatient care. Our results indicate that greater outpatient spending was associated with more hospital admissions: a $100 increase in outp... View more
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