Individual versus job-based health insurance: weighing the pros and cons.

Academic Article


  • Although the majority of insured Americans receive their health insurance through their employers, some depend on the individual health insurance market. However, with increased criticism of the lack of choice in group coverage and various proposals including subsidies or tax credits to decrease the number of uninsured, the individual market may start to play a larger role. In this paper we conclude that although efficient large-group insurance will appropriately continue to exist, the individual market appears to be improving, in both administrative cost and protection against high premiums associated with high risk. For diverse workers now in small groups with little plan choice, the individual market might become a reasonable alternative.
  • Authors

  • Pauly, M
  • Percy, A
  • Herring, Bradley
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • 1999
  • Published In

  • Health Affairs  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Choice Behavior
  • Cost Control
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Financing, Personal
  • Health Benefit Plans, Employee
  • Humans
  • Income Tax
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Marketing of Health Services
  • United States
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 10650686
  • Start Page

  • 28
  • End Page

  • 44
  • Volume

  • 18
  • Issue

  • 6