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Quality Improvement in Health Care: A Framework for Price and Output Measurement

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  • Matthew D. Shapiro
  • Irving Shapiro
  • David W. Wilcox

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The durability of health care treatment, the substantial technical change in health care treatment, and the prevalence of third-party payment interact to create substantial difficulty in measuring the price and output of health care. This paper provides a framework for analyzing the demand for health care taking into account these difficulties. It then suggests how this framework might be used to improve measurement of health care prices and output.
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  • Matthew D. Shapiro & Irving Shapiro & David W. Wilcox, 1999. "Quality Improvement in Health Care: A Framework for Price and Output Measurement," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 89(2), pages 333-337, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:89:y:1999:i:2:p:333-337
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.89.2.333
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    1. David M. Cutler & Mark B. McClellan & Joseph P. Newhouse & Dahlia K. Remler, 2001. "Pricing Heart Attack Treatments," NBER Chapters, in: Medical Care Output and Productivity, pages 305-362, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Dennis Fixler & Mitchell Ginsburg, 2001. "Health Care Output and Prices in the Producer Price Index," NBER Chapters, in: Medical Care Output and Productivity, pages 221-270, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Irving Shapiro & Matthew D. Shapiro & David Wilcox, 2001. "Measuring the value of Cataract Surgery," NBER Chapters, in: Medical Care Output and Productivity, pages 411-438, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets

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