The Impact of Tort Reform, Medicare Plan Choice, and Geography on Health Care Processes, Outcomes, and Expenditures

by Daniel A. Waxman

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 5.8 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

This dissertation, in a three paper format, explores structural determinants of health care processes, outcomes, and expenditures. The first paper examines the influence of the legal environment on emergency medical care. The second and third papers examine variation in home health care outcomes and utilization according to type of Medicare coverage and across geographic regions.

Research conducted by

This document was submitted as a dissertation in October 2013 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Jeffrey Wasserman (Chair), David Ganz, and Emmett Keeler.

This publication is part of the RAND Corporation Dissertation series. Pardee RAND dissertations are produced by graduate fellows of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, the world's leading producer of Ph.D.'s in policy analysis. The dissertations are supervised, reviewed, and approved by a Pardee RAND faculty committee overseeing each dissertation.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.