DP10199 Basic versus supplementary health insurance: moral hazard and adverse selection
|Publication Date:||October 2014|
|Keyword(s):||adverse selection, cost effectiveness, moral hazard, public vs private insurance, universal basic health insurance, voluntary supplementary insurance|
|JEL(s):||D82, H51, I13|
|Programme Areas:||Public Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=10199|
This paper introduces a tractable model of health insurance with both moral hazard and adverse selection. We show that government sponsored universal basic insurance should cover treatments with the biggest adverse selection problems. Treatments not covered by basic insurance can be covered on the private supplementary insurance market. Surprisingly, the cost effectiveness of a treatment does not affect its priority to be covered by basic insurance.