The Effect of Subsidizing Dental Care Costs on Demand and Intra-Household Allocation of Dental Care

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Elior Cohen

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - California Center for Population Research

Date Written: November 25, 2014

Abstract

The study examines the effect of a dental-care reform for children in Israel on the use of dental care and intra-household allocation of dental treatments. Using seven-year administrative panel data on patients’ dental treatments at a large clinic in Jerusalem that serves one of the target populations of the reform (ultra-Orthodox Jews, a population typically characterized by low income and education), the treatment patterns of reform-eligible children and ineligible household members are analyzed, using a difference-in-differences empirical strategy. The reform is found to have increased access to dental care substantially, particularly in terms of preventive treatments, and therefore enhanced oral health. It also created a substantial spillover effect for households that have eligible children, as evidenced by a change in the treatment mix and the intensity of recourse to treatments by ineligible household members.

Keywords: Dental Care, Intra Household Allocation

JEL Classification: I1, I12, I18

Suggested Citation

Cohen, Elior, The Effect of Subsidizing Dental Care Costs on Demand and Intra-Household Allocation of Dental Care (November 25, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3513629 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3513629

Elior Cohen (Contact Author)

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