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Modeling Usage of Medical Care Services: The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Data, 1996-2000

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Creel, Michael; Farell, Montserrat

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Abstract We explore the determinants of usage of six different types of health care services, using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data, years 1996-2000. We apply a number of models for univariate count data, including semiparametric, semi-nonparametric and finite mixture models. We find that the complexity of the model that is required to fit the data well depends upon the way in which the data is pooled across sexes and over time, and upon the characteristics of the usage measure. Pooling across time and sexes is almost always favored, but when more heterogeneous data is pooled it is often the case that a more complex statistical model is required.
Classification Economic Sectors; Economic Statistics, Econometrics, Business Informatics
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 2287-2302
Journal Applied Economics (2010)
ISSN 1466-4283
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)