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Choice of hospital: Which type of quality matters?

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  • Gutacker, Nils
  • Siciliani, Luigi
  • Moscelli, Giuseppe
  • Gravelle, Hugh

The implications of hospital quality competition depend on what type of quality affects choice of hospital. Previous studies of quality and choice of hospitals have used crude measures of quality such as mortality and readmission rates rather than measures of the health gain from specific treatments. We estimate multinomial logit models of hospital choice by patients undergoing hip replacement surgery in the English NHS to test whether hospital demand responds to quality as measured by detailed patient reports of health before and after hip replacement. We find that a one standard deviation increase in average health gain increases demand by up to 10%. The more traditional measures of hospital quality are less important in determining hospital choice.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 50 (2016)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 230-246

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:50:y:2016:i:c:p:230-246
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2016.08.001
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