International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 209-223

The effect of tax subsidies on high health care expenditure burdens in the United States

  • Thomas M. SeldenAffiliated withDivision of Modeling and Simulation, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Email author 

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Previous analyses of families with high health care expenditure burdens have ignored the potentially mitigating effects of tax subsidies. This analysis uses data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to fill this gap. A range of health expenditure burden measures are computed, with and without tax subsidies, showing the impact that tax subsidies have on both the prevalence and magnitude of high health care spending burdens among the nonelderly.


Burdens Tax subsidies Equity

JEL Classifications

I18 H24