Informal care and Medicare expenditures: testing for heterogeneous treatment effects.

TitleInformal care and Medicare expenditures: testing for heterogeneous treatment effects.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsVan Houtven, CHarold, Norton, EC
JournalJ Health Econ
Date Published2008 Jan
ISSN Number0167-6296
Call Numbernewpubs20070501_sdarticle.pdf
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Caregivers, Health Expenditures, Humans, Medicare, Models, Econometric, United States

We estimate the effect of informal care on Medicare expenditures not only for care provided by children but also by the source of informal care (sons versus daughters, children versus others) and recipient characteristics (marital status). Our conceptual framework predicts heterogeneous effectiveness by source and recipient of informal care. We estimate two-part expenditure models as a function of informal care, controlling for endogeneity. We find that informal care by children reduces Medicare long-term care and inpatient expenditures of single elderly. We find that children are less effective caregivers among recipients who are married. For single elderly, child caregivers are more effective than other types. Gender of a child caregiver does not matter.

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Caregivers/Medicare and Medicaid spending/Marital Status

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Alternate JournalJ Health Econ
Citation Key7197
PubMed ID17462764
Grant ListK07 AG 01015 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R03 AG 21485 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States