Title

Willingness to Pay for Home- and Community-Based Services for Seniors in Florida

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Abstract

States are increasingly interested in measuring the benefit of home- and community-based services (HCBS) programs in order to determine if continued provision of HCBS can be justified on a cost-benefit basis. This study attempts to assess the maximum dollar amount HCBS enrollees or eligible applicants are willing to pay as a measure of the value of the services to them. A contingent valuation survey was conducted on a random sample of 409 clients who were enrolled in or waitlisted for HCBS programs in Florida. Based on estimates from a random-effect model, the median and mean willingness to pay amounts are calculated to be $901 and $933 per month per person, respectively, with considerable variation across HCBS programs. The major determinants of willingness to pay include household income and individual functional status. The sizable values for willingness to pay reported in this study suggest that HCBS programs are perceived as a valuable resource for the elderly. © 2013 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Title

Home Health Care Services Quarterly

Volume

32

Issue

1

First Page

17

Last Page

34

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/01621424.2013.757182

PubMed ID

23438507

ISSN

01621424

E-ISSN

15450856

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