The impact of being uninsured on utilization of basic health care services.Inquiry. 1992 Winter; 29(4):457-66.I
Recent proposals to increase access to health insurance suggest the need to know what the magnitude of responses would be if the one in five nonelderly persons uninsured for all or part of the year were to become insured. This paper finds that an additional commitment of resources to hospital and ambulatory care on the order of $26 billion (in 1989 dollars), or about 4% of total national health care spending, would be required if those now uninsured were to use these services on a par with the privately insured. The primary inputs to this result are new estimates of the impact of being uninsured which indicate a substantial potential response to insurance, particularly by adults.