The Effect of Information Intervention on Health Insurance Takeup for Migrant Children

Last registered on November 28, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
The Effect of Information Intervention on Health Insurance Takeup for Migrant Children
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008600
Initial registration date
November 23, 2021
Last updated
November 28, 2021, 6:15 PM EST

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Sun Yatsen University, China

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-11-25
End date
2021-12-21
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
Migrant children's enrollment in social health insurance is low in China. It is unclear whether the low enrollment is due to the lack of information on the eligibility, price of the social health insurance, or administrative burden of applying for social health insurance in metropolitan cities. We plan to conduct an experiment that examines the effect of information on willingness to enroll, actual enrollment decision, the price they intend to pay, the reason they purchase/or not purchase, their stress level, and their concern about healthcare cost. More specifically, in control group we tell them that health is important for children, and health insurance can protect families from catastrophic cost. In treatment 1 group, we tell them that their children are eligible to enroll in health insurance. In treatment 2 group, we tell them the same information in treatment 1, and in addition, we compare social health insurance in the city that they reside and the social health insurance in their hometown. For treatment group, we also plan to call them or message them to remind them about enrollment.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Shen, Menghan. 2021. "The Effect of Information Intervention on Health Insurance Takeup for Migrant Children ." AEA RCT Registry. November 28. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8600-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
In control group, they receive information about the required payment for social health insurance and the due dates. In treatment 1 group, we tell them that their children are eligible to enroll in health insurance, in addition to information provided in the control group. In treatment 2 group, we tell them the same information in treatment 1, and in addition, we compare social health insurance in the city that they reside and the social health insurance in their hometown. For treatment group, we also plan to call them or message them to remind them about enrollment.
Intervention Start Date
2021-11-25
Intervention End Date
2021-12-21

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
willingness to enroll, actual enrollment decision
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
the price they intend to pay, the reason they purchase/or not purchase, their stress level, and their concern about healthcare cost.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
we conduct experiments at the individual level; we send out electronic questionnaires to parents through the principal. when the parents open up the questionnaire, they are assigned randomly to treatment and control group
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
randomization done by the survey questionnaire company
Randomization Unit
individual
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
8-10 schools
Sample size: planned number of observations
2000-4000 parents
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
1/3 would fall into the control group; 1/3 would fall into the treatment 1 arm; and 1/3 would fall into the treatment 2 arm
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
IRB Office, School of Government, Sun Yatsen University
IRB Approval Date
2021-11-22
IRB Approval Number
2021-02

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Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

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