Estimates of use and costs of behavioural health care: a comparison of standard and finite mixture models.

@article{Deb2000EstimatesOU,
  title={Estimates of use and costs of behavioural health care: a comparison of standard and finite mixture models.},
  author={Partha Deb and Ann M. Holmes},
  journal={Health economics},
  year={2000},
  volume={9 6},
  pages={475-89}
}
Estimates of health care demand are known to depend on the empirical specification used in the analysis. In this paper, an innovative specification, the finite mixture model (FMM), is employed to estimate the utilization of and expenditures on behavioural health care. Unlike standard specifications, the FMM has the ability to distinguish between distinct classes of users of behavioural health care (e.g. the 'worried well' and the severely mentally ill). This new model is tested against standard… CONTINUE READING

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