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  • Rehn, Eric

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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    This paper presents a novel way to analyze the organization of public hospitals by applying the property rights approach to organizations (PRA) to the problem. It is proposed that while PRA is suitable for the analysis of all hospitals it is especially so for public hospitals.The analysis explores issues concerning privatization and integration of public hospital services. The findings are generally supportive of integration as long as the public principal's human capital is essential for the production of hospital care.

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    Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2007:13.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: 02 Aug 2007
    Date of revision: 01 Apr 2008
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2007_013

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    Keywords: Public Hospitals; The Property Rights Approach to Organizations; Joint Production; Integration; Privatization;

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