The Effect of Primary Care on Elderly Health Outcomes: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
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I measure the effect of this treatment on healthcare utilization, nutritional outcomes, mental health, chronic diseases indicators and disability status using a difference-in-differences model. With the treatment, all the measures of healthcare utilization show a significant increase in consumption; and a significant increase in BMI (0.29) and drop in systolic blood pressure of (0.47 mmHg) and non-significant drop in glycated hemoglobin (0.08%). The findings are small and mixed, showing health possibly improving in some measurements and worsening in others.