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Optimal productive size of hospital's intensive care units

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  • Leleu, Hervé
  • Moises, James
  • Valdmanis, Vivian

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Authors of past studies focusing on returns to scale in hospitals proffered mixed results. These seemingly contradictory findings have probably arisen due to different methodological approaches (parametric or non parametric), different aggregation levels of analysis (hospital/department/units), nature of data (quantity data or economic values) and also due to technological improvements operating in hospitals and case mix adjustment to account for the severity of patients' conditions.

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  • Leleu, Hervé & Moises, James & Valdmanis, Vivian, 2012. "Optimal productive size of hospital's intensive care units," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 136(2), pages 297-305.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:136:y:2012:i:2:p:297-305 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2011.12.006
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