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Benefits of smoking cessation for longevity.
OBJECTIVES This study determined the life extension obtained from stopping smoking at various ages. METHODS We estimated the relation between smoking and mortality among 877,243 respondents to theExpand
Longevity Expectations and Death: Can People Predict Their Own Demise?
Using four waves of the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) this paper tests whether longevity expectations predict actual mortality at the individual level. The results suggest longevity expectationsExpand
Do the Near-Elderly Value Mortality Risks Differently?
Wage hedonic models are estimated with the Health and Retirement Study to measure the risk-wage tradeoffs (value of statistical lives) for older workers. The analysis explicitly allows for multipleExpand
Hospital Ownership and Cost and Quality of Care: is There a Dime&Apos;S Worth of Difference?
Nonprofit organizations may predominate when output quality is difficult to monitor. Hospital care has this characteristic. This study compared program cost and quality of care for Medicare patientsExpand
Effects of Risk and Time Preference and Expected Longevity on Demand for Medical Tests
Despite their conceptual importance, the effects of time preference, expected longevity, uncertainty, and risk aversion on behavior have not been analyzed empirically. We use data from the Health andExpand
The financial toxicity of cancer treatment: a pilot study assessing out-of-pocket expenses and the insured cancer patient's experience.
PURPOSE Cancer patients carry rising burdens of health care-related out-of-pocket expenses, and a growing number of patients are considered "underinsured." Our objective was to describe experiencesExpand
Safety and benefit of discontinuing statin therapy in the setting of advanced, life-limiting illness: a randomized clinical trial.
IMPORTANCE For patients with limited prognosis, some medication risks may outweigh the benefits, particularly when benefits take years to accrue; statins are one example. Data are lacking regardingExpand
The Price of Smoking
What does a pack of cigarettes cost a smoker, the smoker's family, and society? This longitudinal study on the private and social costs of smoking calculates that the cost of smoking to a 24-year-oldExpand
The accuracy of Medicare claims as an epidemiological tool: the case of dementia revisited.
Our study estimates the sensitivity and specificity of Medicare claims to identify clinically-diagnosed dementia, and documents how errors in dementia assessment affect dementia cost estimates. WeExpand
Do Smokers Respond to Health Shocks?
This paper reports the first effort to use data to evaluate how new information, acquired through exogenous health shocks, affects people's longevity expectations. We find that smokers reactExpand