The demand for hospital care and private health insurance in a mixed public and private health care system : theoretical and empirical analysis for the case of Australia
This thesis examines the processes that underlie how individuals seek hospital care and purchase private health insurance in a mixed public and private hospital system such as that of Australia. To achieve this objective, a theoretical model with explicit functional forms is first developed to analyse the determinants of the intensity of hospital care use, the choice to seek public or private hospital care and the decision to purchase insurance. The key areas of interest are how direct and...[Show more]
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