DP14061 Do doctors improve the health care of their parents? Evidence from admission lotteries

Author(s): Elisabeth Artmann, Hessel Oosterbeek, Bas van der Klaauw
Publication Date: October 2019
Keyword(s): Health care use, Health inequality, Higher education, Intergenerational transmission, Medical information, Mortality
JEL(s): D83, H51, I11, I12, I14, I26
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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To assess the importance of limited access to medical expertise, we exploit admission lotteries to medical school in the Netherlands to estimate the causal effects of having a child who is a doctor on parents' health outcomes. We use data on health care use and mortality of parents of 22,000 lottery participants. Results reject that health outcomes of doctors' parents differ from those of non-doctors' parents. This suggests that easy, informal access to medical expertise is not an important driver of differences in health care use and mortality. This is consistent with institutions that provide equal health care for all.