Variations in Health Insurance Coverage: Benefits vs. Premiums

March 1984 | Gail R. Wilensky, Pamela J. Farley, Amy K. Taylor

Renewed national interest in market forces to promote more efficient and cost-conscious behavior by patients and providers increasingly focuses on the structure of private health insurance benefits. Two features of procompetitive legislative proposals are considered: a ceiling on tax-free employer insurance premiums and offering greater choice of insurance plans. The interests of efficiency and equity invoke different kinds of risks and transfers; no single institutional approach is likely to yield the promised benefits.

Author(s): Gail R. Wilensky; Pamela J. Farley; Amy K. Taylor

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Volume 62, Issue 1 (pages 53–81)
Published in 1984