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Estimating Price Elasticities of Convalescent Care Programs Nicolas R. Ziebarth In: The Economic Journal: The journal of the Royal Economic Society . 120 (2010) , 545 , S. 816-844


This study is the first to estimate price elasticities of demand for convalescent care programmes. In 1997, the German legislature more than doubled the daily co-payments for the publicly insured from €6 to €13. The measure caused the overall demand for convalescent care treatments to fall by 20 to 25%. I estimate the price elasticity for medical rehabilitation programmes aimed at preventing work disability to be about -0.3, whereas the elasticity for medical rehabilitation programmes for recovery from accidents at work lies around -0.5. The demand for preventive treatment at health spas is elastic and less than -1.