Fixed Budgets as a Cost Containment Measure for Pharmaceuticals
AbstractIn the county of Västerbotten, Sweden, there are two health centres which (contrary to all other health centres in the region) have a strict responsibility over their pharmaceutical budget. The purpose of this paper is to examine if the prices and quantities of pharmaceuticals prescribed by physicians working at these health centres differ significantly from those prescribed by physicians at health centres with open-ended budgets. Estimation results using matching methods, which allows us to compare similar patients at the different health centres, show that the introduction of fixed pharmaceutical budgets did not affect physicians' prescription behaviour.
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pharmaceuticals; cost containment; propensity score matching;
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- David Granlund & Niklas Rudholm & Magnus Wikström, 2006. "Fixed budgets as a cost containment measure for pharmaceuticals," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, vol. 7(1), pages 37-45, March.
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