Provider Choice of Quality and Surplus
AbstractWe study the quality choices of institutional health-care providers, such as hospitals, assuming that the utility function of the key organizational decision-maker includes both quality of care and financial surplus. An increase in the decision-maker’s rate of surplus retention leads to a decrease (increase) in quality if his coefficient of relative risk aversion is less than (greater than) 1, as is likely when the decision-maker faces prosperous (difficult) financial conditions. Such behavior is consistent with "target income behavior," where the target income is surplus sufficient to break even. An increase in productive efficiency always leads the provider to increase quality.
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- Nolan Miller & Karen Eggleston & Richard Zeckhauser, 2006. "Provider choice of quality and surplus," International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 103-117, June.
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