Does health care coverage directly affect happiness?

In this paper I examine the characteristics of adults who report on whether they have health care coverage and of people who say that they are unable to see a doctor over the preceding year because of the cost. I make use of a unique data set, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a phone survey undertaken in the United States for the years 2005-2009. I find evidence that not having the ability to see a doctor because of an inability to pay is a major and substantial source of unhappiness in the United States, even for people with high income.

Source: “Happiness and Health Care Coverage” from IZA Discussion Paper No. 4450, September 2009

On the other hand there’s a compelling argument that Everything Bad is Good for You.

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