Health insurance and the elderly: data from MCBS (Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey).
Chulis, George S
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Arnett 3d, Ross H; Eppig, Franklin J; Hogan, Mary O; Waldo, Daniel R
This article shows the supplemental insurance distribution and Medicare spending per capita by insurance status for elderly
persons in 1991. The data are from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) and Medicare bill records. Persons with
Medicare only are a fairly small share of the elderly (11.4 percent). About three-fourths of the Medicare elderly have some
form of private insurance. The share with Medicaid is 11.9 percent, which has increased recently as qualified Medicare beneficiaries
(QMBs) started to receive partial Medicaid benefits. In general, Medicare per capita spending levels increase as supplemental
insurance comes closer to first dollar coverage. When the data were recalculated to control for differences in reported health
status between the insurance groups, essentially the same spending differences were observed.
Age Factors : Aged : Blacks/statistics & numerical data : Data Collection : Female : Health Expenditures/statistics & numerical
data : Health Status : Human : Insurance, Medigap/statistics & numerical data/utilization : Male : Medicare/statistics & numerical
data/utilization : Sex Factors : United States : Whites/statistics & numerical data