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Rizie Kumar

School of Public Health
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
683 Hoes Lane West
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

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Institutional Affiliation: School of Public Health, Rutgers, the State Universiyt of New Jersey

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July 2014How Does Family Health Care Use Respond to Economic Shocks? Realized and Anticipated Effects
with Alan C. Monheit, Irina Grafova: w20348
Families in constrained economic circumstances resulting from economic shocks face difficult choices regarding how best to spend their diminished resources. As families strive to preserve their living standards, decisions regarding health care use and its allocation among family members may become more discretionary and complex. Using two-year panel data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey for 2004 to 2011, we examine how the intra-family allocation of health care spending responds to realized and anticipated changes in family economic status. We focus on the share of total family health care spending allocated to children, and measure realized economic shocks based on changes in the family's income, employment, and health insurance status. We account for anticipated economic shocks ...
 
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