Inflation, Economic

Publication Title: 
International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics

This paper addresses two seeming paradoxes in the realm of employer-provided health insurance: First, businesses consistently claim that they bear the burden of the insurance they provide for employees, despite theory and empirical evidence indicating that workers bear the full incidence. Second, benefit generosity and the percentage of premiums paid by employers have decreased in recent decades, despite the preferential tax treatment of employer-paid benefits relative to wages-trends unexplained by the standard incidence model.

Author(s): 
Sommers, Benjamin D.
Publication Title: 
Spine

STUDY DESIGN: Serial, cross-sectional, nationally representative surveys of noninstitutionalized US adults. OBJECTIVE: To examine expenditures on common ambulatory health services for the management of back and neck conditions. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although it is well recognized that national costs associated with back and neck conditions have grown considerably in recent years, little is known about the costs of care for specific ambulatory health services that are used to manage this population.

Author(s): 
Davis, Matthew A.
Onega, Tracy
Weeks, William B.
Lurie, Jon D.
Publication Title: 
Health Services Research

OBJECTIVE: To investigate national utilization and expenditures on chiropractic care between 1997 and 2006. DATA SOURCE: The nationally representative Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). STUDY DESIGN: We performed descriptive analyses and generated national estimates from data obtained from U.S. adult (>or=18 years) MEPS respondents who reported having visited a chiropractor (annual sample size between 789 and 1,082). For each year, we examined the estimated total national expenditure, the total number of U.S.

Author(s): 
Davis, Matthew A.
Sirovich, Brenda E.
Weeks, William B.
Publication Title: 
Spine

STUDY DESIGN: Serial, cross-sectional, nationally representative surveys of noninstitutionalized US adults. OBJECTIVE: To examine expenditures on common ambulatory health services for the management of back and neck conditions. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although it is well recognized that national costs associated with back and neck conditions have grown considerably in recent years, little is known about the costs of care for specific ambulatory health services that are used to manage this population.

Author(s): 
Davis, Matthew A.
Onega, Tracy
Weeks, William B.
Lurie, Jon D.
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