Will unininsured people volunteer for voluntary health insurance? Experience from Washington StateAmerican Journal of Public Health (1996)
AbstractOBJECTIVES: In national and local discussions of health care reform, there is disagreement about whether a national health insurance plan should be mandatory or voluntary. This study describes characteristics of low- income people who were more likely or less likely to be covered by a voluntary plan. METHODS: Survey data were available from an evaluation of Washington State's Basic Health Plan, which offered subsidized health insurance to low-income residents. For those subjects who were eligible and uninsured at baseline, those who joined were compared with those who did not join on a variety of demographic and health-related characteristics. RESULTS: There were substantial differences between those who did and did not join the Basic Health Plan. Those who did not enroll were generally less well-off, with less education, lower income, and worse health. Many had never had health insurance. CONCLUSIONS: If health care reform results in a voluntary plan, additional measures may be needed to ensure that less advantaged citizens have adequate access to health care.
- subsidized health insurance,
- universal health insurance
Publication DateApril, 1996
Citation InformationPaula Diehr. "Will unininsured people volunteer for voluntary health insurance? Experience from Washington State" American Journal of Public Health Vol. 86 Iss. 4 (1996)
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