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Esra Eren Bayindir, Mehmet Yigit Gurdal and Ismail Saglam
 
''Does time to Medicare eligibility affect the likelihood of being uninsured?''
( 2015, Vol. 35 No.3 )
 
 
This paper aims to determine the relation between the ages of the near-elderly patients admitted to the hospital in the United States and the estimated likelihood of their being uninsured. We use Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 1998-2005 to examine the effect of age on insurance type of patients controlling for demographics, diagnosis and comorbidities of the patients. We find that the likelihood that near-elderly patients are uninsured continuously declines until the early ages of 60 but the trend is reversed for the last few years preceding Medicare coverage. In addition, compared to those covered by Medicaid or private insurance, the uninsured patients are more likely to be admitted into hospitals as emergency cases.
 
 
Keywords: Health insurance, Medicare, near-elderly, uninsured
JEL: I1 - Health: General
 
Manuscript Received : Feb 12 2014 Manuscript Accepted : Jul 13 2015

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