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Homework One_2010 - Health Economics (Econ 129) Homework #1...

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Health Economics (Econ 129) Homework #1 (15 pts) Due Thursday Jan 13 th 1. Explain the change in the percentage of the U.S. population with health insurance from 1940 to 2000. (1 pt) 2. In response to the risk associated with swine flu the government made vaccines available to the general populations. Some groups of people are at higher risk of contracting swine flu then others due to their age and/or number of people they interact with. Additionally all vaccines carry with them some risks and the risks vary across groups of people. (4 pts) Imagine the consequences of vaccinating different groups of people are as follows: (assume each group contains 1,000,000 people) [I made these numbers up but the relative magnitudes are about right] Vaccinate 1,000,000 health care workers save 15 lives Vaccinate 1,000,000 school-aged kids save 8 lives Vaccinate 1,000,000 people age 30-50 save 1 life Vaccinate 1,000,000 people age 50-65 save 3 lives kill 1 person Vaccinate 1,000,000 elderly people save 6 lives kill 3 people (the elderly are frail)
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