Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network

Friday, August 28, 2009

Barriers to Entry of a Vertically Integrated Health Insurer: An Analysis of Welfare and Entry Costs

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Katherine Ho, Columbia University - Department of Economics, explains Barriers to Entry of a Vertically Integrated Health Insurer: An Analysis of Welfare and Entry Costs.

ABSTRACT: I investigate the reasons why market expansion attempts by vertically integrated health insurers have largely failed. I use an econometric model of consumer demand for hospitals and insurers to simulate entry of an integrated plan into 28 new markets. The results indicate that entry would increase social surplus by over $34 billion per year. I then investigate several potential barriers to entry. Three are particularly important. Integrated plans cannot attract enough enrollees to support their provider networks unless they exceed competitor quality levels and convince consumers of this benefit. Regulatory restrictions on plans building new facilities may also be important.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/antitrustprof_blog/2009/08/barriers-to-entry-of-a-vertically-integrated-health-insurer-an-analysis-of-welfare-and-entry-costs.html

| Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bfae553ef0120a51b680e970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Barriers to Entry of a Vertically Integrated Health Insurer: An Analysis of Welfare and Entry Costs:

Comments

Post a comment