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Sickness absence in compulsory and voluntary health insurance: the case of Sweden at the turn of the twentieth century
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1413-3707
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, ISSN 0358-5522, E-ISSN 1750-2837, Vol. 65, no 1, p. 6-27Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

At the turn of the twentieth century, Swedish health insurance was organised according to the Western European models of both voluntary, `fraternal´ principles and compulsory, `factory scheme´ principles. In this paper, we trace the characteristics of both organisational forms, and compare the sickness absence by considering the role of risk selection and mitigation across a large panel of voluntary and compulsory health insurance societies operating in Sweden between 1900 and 1910. We find that voluntary societies used a wide set of rules and practices in order to select and monitor members in order to keep down the number of sick cases. Compulsory societies applied shorter waiting periods and offered more medical treatment, leading to more frequent but shorter sickness absences.

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2017. Vol. 65, no 1, p. 6-27
Keywords [en]
Health insurance, sickness absence, developing economies, voluntary insurance, compulsory insurance
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Economic History
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130349DOI: 10.1080/03585522.2016.1274677ISI: 000400004700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-130349DiVA, id: diva2:1066336
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Effektivitet och jämlikhet i privat och offentlig försäkring: En analys av det svenska sjukförsäkringssystemet 1900-1955
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Swedish Research Council, 2015-01981Available from: 2017-01-17 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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