Does Health Insurance Coverage Lead to Better Health and Educational Outcomes? Evidence from Rural China
Yuyu Chen and Ginger Jin ,
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Journal of Health Economics

Using the 2006 China Agricultural Census (CAC), we examine whether the introduction of the New Cooperative Medical System (NCMS) has affected child mortality, maternal mortality, and school enrollment of 6-16 year olds. Our data cover 5.9 million people living in eight low-income rural counties, of which four adopted the NCMS by 2006 and four did not adopt it until 2007. Raw data suggest that enrolling in the NCMS is associated with better school enrollment and lower mortality of young children and pregnant women.

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