Yuanyuan Ma:Financial Incentives and Healthcare Utilisation in an Ageing Society

Yuanyuan MaFinancial Incentives and Healthcare Utilisation in an Ageing Society


【时间】2016.10.21 (周五) 下午14:00-15:30



Equity of access to healthcare is regarded as a key objective of national and international health policy. In contrast to other European countries, the majority of the population pay the full out-of-pocket cost of general practitioner (GP) care in Ireland. The current Irish system of healthcare financing, and the associated structure of public healthcare entitlements, have been criticized frequently on equity and efficiency grounds. While still a relatively young population by EU standards, the population of Ireland is ageing.
Using data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), we focus on the impact of financial incentives, arising from the current structure of healthcare entitlements on GP service utilisation among the older population in Ireland. We attempt to answer the following research questions: (1) Do public healthcare entitlements influence use of GP services? (2) Are GP user fees a particular burden on those with low incomes?

Yuanyuan Ma is an Associate Professor at Wenlan School of Business, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, and Visiting Research Fellow at The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA), Trinity College Dublin. Her current research focuses on the social returns to education, financial incentives and healthcare utilisation, the value of education to health, intergenerational transfers, and etc. Amongst other journals she has published in Health Economics, Applied Economics, The Economic and Social Review and Asian Economic Papers. She is also a Research Affiliate in IZA (The Institute for the Study of Labor).