From 1971 to 1982, researchers at the RAND Corporation devised an experiment to address two key questions in health care financing: how much more medical care will people use if it is provided free of charge? and what are the consequences for their health? This book presents a comprehensive account of the experiment and its findings. It will be an invaluable teaching tool and reference for anyone concerned with health-care policy.
This study has more to tell us about health reform than any other that has occurred in the past or is likely to occur in the future. Free for All? represents the most monumental and seminal contribution in health care services research ever.
There is little question that the Health Insurance Experiment has had a major influence on research and policy, and this study will prove a very useful reference for economists to the findings from that literature.
[The RAND Study] remains the most important source of evidence about the behavior of individuals in response to health service charges.
Joseph P. Newhouse is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University.