The Impact of Private versus Social Health Insurance on Offered Waiting Times in German Acute Care Hospitals
AbstractThis paper shows that patients with private health insurance (PHI) are being offered significantly shorter waiting times than patients with statutory health insurance (SHI) in German acute hospital care. This behavior may be driven by the higher expected profitability of PHI relative to SHI holders. Further,we find that hospitals offering private insurees shorter waiting times as compared to SHI holders have a significantly better financial performance than those abstaining from or with less discrimination.
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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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- I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
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- NEP-HEA-2009-08-02 (Health Economics)
- NEP-IAS-2009-08-02 (Insurance Economics)
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