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With rare exceptions the provision of actuarially fair health insurance tends to substantially increase the demand for medical care by redistributing income from the healthy to the sick. This suggests that previous studies which attribute all the extra demand for medical care to moral hazard effects may overestimate the efficiency costs of health insurance.
Background The Financial Services Authority (FSA) leads the National Strategy for Financial Capability in partnership with Government, the financial services industry and the third sector. The strategy aims to improve the financial capability of the UK population. The results of the FSA's major financial capability survey 1 showed that in 2005, many UK… (More)