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

20 Nov 2017

In this paper, the authors 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.
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