The contemporaneous healthcare cost of particulate matter pollution for youth and older adult populations

Barbara Boggiano*, Melisa Williams Higgins*, Jesse Matheson*, David Jenkins*, Marco R. Oggioni*

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Abstract

This paper estimates the impact of particulate matter pollutants, measured by 𝑃𝑀10 levels, on public healthcare costs for youth and older adult populations using administrative data from two large UK hospitals and exploiting spatial and temporal variation in 𝑃𝑀10 levels. We find that patient enrolment increases when their neighborhood experiences higher levels of 𝑃𝑀10. Specifically, a standard deviation increase in 𝑃𝑀10 levels increases the enrolment of patients aged 60 years and older by 6.2% and the enrolment of patients under 18 years of age by 3.1%. Using detailed costing information, we estimate that a standard deviation increase in 𝑃𝑀10 increases public healthcare costs by ££873,985.20 per year in the municipality studied.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102994
JournalJournal of Environmental Economics and Management
Volume125
Early online date26 Apr 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2024

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