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The effect of competition on process and outcome quality within hospital care in The Netherlands

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  • Bijlsma, M.
  • Koning, P.W.C.
  • Shestalova, V.

    (Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economics Center)

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This study examines the impact of competition on hospital quality. Our panel covers all Dutch hospitals in the period 2004–2008, in which the transparency of hospital quality information increased substantially. The paper contributes to the existing literature by including both outcome and process indicators of quality. We find that competition explains the cross-sectional differences in process indicators, but not in outcome indicators. In particular, more competition in the hospital’s catchment area leads to more operation cancellations at short notice and more delays of hip fracture injury operations for elderly patients. Both results suggest that competition increases the utilization of operation capacity. At the same time, hospitals that face more competition perform check-ups for chronic patients more frequently and organize diagnostic processes more efficiently.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economic Center in its series Discussion Paper with number 2011-002.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubtil:2011002

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Keywords: competition in healthcare; quality; voluntary disclosure;

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  1. Lapo Filistrucchi & Fatih Cemil Ozbugday, 2012. "Mandatory Quality Disclosure and Quality Supply: Evidence from German Hospitals," Working Papers - Economics wp2012_16.rdf, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa.
  2. Alfons Palangkaraya & Jongsay Yong, 2013. "Effects of competition on hospital quality: an examination using hospital administrative data," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, vol. 14(3), pages 415-429, June.

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