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Title

An examination of veteran health access around the Medicare eligibility age: Veteran health adequacy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Department/School

Economics

Publication Title

Contemporary Economic Policy

Abstract

Recent news reports suggest that veterans' health care may be inadequate. We use Health and Retirement Study data to compare utilization rates for preventative care by male veterans and nonveterans before and after the near-universal health coverage at Medicare eligibility. Larger increases in utilization rates for preventative services upon reaching Medicare eligibility at age 65 are associated with less health care adequacy before Medicare eligibility. Results suggest that health care adequacy for male veterans between the ages of 56 and 64 is at least as good as that of nonveterans and may be better. (JEL I14, J14).

Link to Published Version

10.1111/coep.12259

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