EFFECTS OF NCMS ON ACCESS TO CARE AND FINANCIAL PROTECTION IN CHINA
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 23, Issue 8, pages 917–934, August 2014
How to Cite
Hou, Z., Van de Poel, E., Van Doorslaer, E., Yu, B. and Meng, Q. (2014), EFFECTS OF NCMS ON ACCESS TO CARE AND FINANCIAL PROTECTION IN CHINA. Health Econ., 23: 917–934. doi: 10.1002/hec.2965
- Issue published online: 3 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 14 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 10 APR 2012
- health insurance;
- financial protection;
The introduction of the New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) in rural China has been the most rapid and dramatic extension of health insurance coverage in the developing world in this millennium. The literature to date has mainly used the uneven rollout of NCMS across counties as a way of identifying its effects on access to care and financial protection. This study exploits the cross-county variation in NCMS generosity in 2006 and 2008 in the Ningxia and Shandong provinces to estimate the effect of coverage generosity on utilization and financial protection. Our results confirm earlier findings of NCMS being effective in increasing access to care but not in increasing financial protection. In addition, we find NCMS enrollees to be sensitive to the price incentives set in the NCMS design when choosing their provider and providers to respond by increasing prices and/or providing more expensive care. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.