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Is Patient Choice an Effective Mechanism to Reduce Waiting Times?

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  • Diane Dawson

    (Centre for Health Economics, University of York, York, UK)

  • Rowena Jacobs

    (Centre for Health Economics, University of York, York, UK)

  • Steve Martin

    (Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York, York, UK)

  • Peter Smith

    (Centre for Health Economics, University of York, York, UK)

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    Abstract

    In many countries, patient choice is a routine part of the normal healthcare system. However, many choice initiatives in secondary care are part of policies aimed at reducing waiting times. This article provides evidence on the effectiveness of patient choice as a mechanism to reduce waiting times within a metropolitan area. The London Patient Choice Project was a large-scale pilot offering patients on hospital waiting lists a choice of alternative hospitals with shorter waiting times. A total of 22

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    Article provided by Springer Healthcare | Adis in its journal Applied Health Economics and Health Policy.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 195-203

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    Handle: RePEc:wkh:aheahp:v:3:y:2004:i:4:p:195-203

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    Keywords: Hospitalisation; Patient-preference;

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    Cited by:
    1. Adam Oliver, 2005. "The English National Health Service: 1979-2005," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(S1), pages S75-S99.
    2. Jacqueline O'Reilly & Miriam M. Wiley, 2008. "How Local is Hospital Treatment? An Exploratory Analysis of Public/Private Variation in Location of Treatment in Irish Acute Public Hospitals," Papers WP237, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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