The Quality of Health Care: Evidence from Italy
We provide evidence that the quality of health care affects health outcomes, exploiting the substantial variability in the quality of the Italian public health service. The data are drawn from the 2001 Survey of Health, Aging and Wealth, providing detailed information on health status, and detailed demographic and economic variables for a sample of about 2000 individuals older than 50. The correlation between quality of health care and health outcomes is also confirmed in the panel section of the 1993-95 Bank of Italy Survey of Household Income and Wealth. The Survey contains an individual indicator of the quality of health care services, which allows us to measure the impact of quality on health status controlling explicitly for regional effects. We find that raising the quality of health care from the level of the poorest quality regions to the sample average increases the probability of excellent health outcomes by 1.1 percentage points.
Volume (Year): 62 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
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