Dardanoni, Valentino

Uncertainty and the demand for medical care [publication] / / by Valentino Dardanoni and Adam Wagstaff - York : University of York, Centre for Health Economics, 1987, [1987] - 24 p. ; 30 cm


This paper shows that under plausible assumptions, the demand for care increases with increasing uncertainty over the incidence of ill-health. It shows also that, though the effects of increased uncertainty over the effectiveness of medical care are indeterminate, it is possible to identify situations in which one can make unambiguous predictions about how the demand of care responds to increased uncertainty of effectiveness. The policy implications of these statistics is discussed.