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A Reminder to Pay Less for Healthcare: take-up of Increased Reimbursement in a large-scale randomized field experiment

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TitleA Reminder to Pay Less for Healthcare: take-up of Increased Reimbursement in a large-scale randomized field experiment
Publication TypeWorking Paper
AuthorsGestel, R. V., Goedemé T., Janssens J., Lefevere E., & Lemkens R.
PublisherHerman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp
Place PublishedAntwerpen
Year of Publication2017
NumberWP 17/12
Pagination36
Date Published09/11/2017
Abstract

We evaluate how a simple letter and flyer sent to a low-income group stimulates the participation in a beneficial health insurance plan. Using a large-scale randomized field experiment we study the effect of contacting potential beneficiaries on the take-up of the Increased Reimbursement (IR) for healthcare in Belgium. We find a fourfold increase in the take-up of IR, with large differences across geographic areas. The group that remains without IR is, on average, less vulnerable than the group that takes up IR in response to the letter. As such, the mailing arguably succeeds in reaching out to the target population.

Keywordsaccessible health care, field experiment, Increased Reimbursement, Nudging, RCT
Citation Key6291
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