CHERE is delighted to welcome Professor Buchmueller to Sydney in 2018. While visiting, he will present a public seminar about his recent work examining the impact of introducing breast cancer screening in France.
In 2004, France introduced a national program of organized breast cancer screening. Using data from multiple waves of a nationally representative biennial survey of the French population, we estimate the effect of organized screening on the percentage of women obtaining a mammogram. The analysis uses difference-in-differences methods to exploit the fact that the program was targeted at women in a specific age group: 50 to 74 years old. We find that organized screening significantly raised mammography rates among women in the target age range. Estimated effects are particularly large for women with less education and lower incomes, suggesting that France's organized screening program has reduced socioeconomic disparities in access to mammography.
Thomas Buchmueller is the Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance at the University of Michigan. He is a health economist, expert in the economics of health insurance and related public policies. He has done extensive research on the link between health insurance and the labor market, consumer demand for health insurance, the interaction between public policies and private insurance markets, and health care reform. He has also published studies on the economics of health insurance in France, Australia and the Netherlands. He currently serves as the Chair of the Business Economics and Public Policy Area and is Director of the School’s Concentration in healthcare Management.