EuHEA 2020 seminar series

EuHEA 2020 seminar series, every week from September 17th through December 17th 2020

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Competition, reputation and feedback in health care markets: Experimental evidence

Thomas Rittmannsberger, University of Innsbruck


Reductions in out-of-pocket costs and moral hazard delays in health care

Naimi Johansson, University of Gothenburg


Maternal Depression and Child Human Capital: A Genetic Instrumental Variables Approach

Giorgia Menta, University of Luxembourg

8.10 Labour Productivity and Skill Mix in Maternity Services: Evidence from the English NHS
Graham Cookson, Office of Health Economics
15.10 Incentivising Hospital Quality through Evidence-based Care Bundle Payment
Katja Grasic, University of York
22.10 The Interaction between Industry Payments to Physicians, Insurance and Drug Costs: Evidence from Medicare Part D
Melissa Newham, KU Leuven
29.10 License to kill? The impact of hospital strikes
Eduardo Costa, Nova School of Business and Economics
5.11 Exploring the causal relationship between obesity and healthcare costs
Gudrun Bjørnelv, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
12.11 Defining worse-than-death health states: an unavoidable necessity for the QALY approach?
Afschin Gandjour, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
19.11 Public Health Insurance and Financial Security: Evidence from the ACA Expansion
Cortnie Shupe, University of Copenhagen
26.11 Public preferences for allocation of health care: Disentangling inequity aversion and risk aversion
Lise Desireé Hansen, The Danish Centre for Health Economics

Provider responses to discontinuous tariff schedules: evidence from Dutch rehabilitation care

Katalin Gaspar, Talma Institute - VU University

10.12 time tba Predicting high-cost users among people with cardiovascular disease using machine learning
Nhung Nghiem, University of Otago
17.12 Same patients, same care? Insights into the health care provision of high-need, high-cost patients from OECD countries
Kosta Shatrov, University of Bern 

Due to the cancellation of the in-person conference in Oslo earlier this year, the chairmen of Oslo’s scientific committee, Oddvar Kaarboe and Pedro Pita Barros, kindly agreed to organize a weekly online seminar, with the support of the countries’ representatives, inviting selected presenters who submitted their papers to the original conference. 

Presenting October 22nd

Melissa NewhamThe Interaction between Industry Payments to Physicians, Insurance and Drug Costs: Evidence from Medicare Part D

Chair: Emily Burger

Discussant: Paolo Pertile


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High and growing prescription drug costs in the United States are a major concern for policy makers. This paper focuses on the extent to which promotional gifts and other transfers made to physicians by pharmaceutical companies causes physicians to prescribe more expensive medicines. In our analysis, we link data from a federal database on the universe of industry payments between 2014 and 2017 to prescribing behavior in Medicare Part D. We develop a novel empirical strategy that uses data on the prescription behavior of physicians in Vermont, where a strict ban on industry payments to physicians is in place, combined with machine learning techniques to construct the counterfactual outcome for physicians who receive payments in the nearby states of New Hampshire and Maine. We find that a gift ban, such as the one implemented in Vermont in 2009, has the potential to result in a 3% decline in the total cost to treat diabetes. We investigate heterogeneity in the treatment effect and find that physicians who have a high share of patients with a low-income subsidy, and thus lower out-of-pocket expenditures, prescribe relatively more brand drugs and expensive drugs in response to industry payments. Our findings illustrate how industry payments interact with insurance to drive up health care costs.


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The seminars are for free. 

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Publisert 23. juni 2020 12:14 - Sist endret 15. okt. 2020 15:50