Dec 31, 1986
This Note describes the contents of a data file on child medical disorders from the Health Insurance Experiment (HIE), a major social experiment conducted by The RAND Corporation from 1974 to 1982. The experiment assessed how variations in patients' share of health care costs, as determined by insurance plan, affected their use of health services, their satisfaction with care, the quality of their care, and the state of their health. A related purpose was to study how those outcomes were influenced by the mode of delivery, i.e., fee for service or health maintenance organization. This Note describes many of the measures used by the HIE to determine how different levels of insurance affected four medical disorders in children — anemia, allergic conditions, middle ear disease and hearing impairment, and vision impairments.