The effect of patient's asymmetric information problem on medical care utilization with consideration of a patient's ex-ante health status

Jae Young Lim, Changik Jo

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Abstract

Even if a patient's access to health information has been enhanced, a patient still doesn't have enough ability to utilize it. Therefore, a doctor's effort to sincerely communicate with a patient might affect the patient's use of medical care. This paper builds up the empirical model and found the effect of a doctor's effort on patient's medical care use was significant and according to the ex-ante health status of a patient, a doctor's effort influenced a patient's medical care use in different way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-164
Number of pages22
JournalHitotsubashi Journal of Economics
Volume50
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec

Keywords

  • Asymmetry of information between doctor and patient
  • Doctor's effort to effectively communicate with patients
  • Patient's ex-ante health status
  • Patient's medical care use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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