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Efficiency and productivity analysis in health services


  • Martin Dlouhý


Efficiency and productivity analysis is widely used in health services research. In the paper, two major modelling approaches to efficiency and productivity analysis in health services are evaluated. The first group comprises non-parametric methods based on the theory of mathematical programming, such as data envelopment analysis. The second group originates from econometric analysis of production function. Although the application of quantitative economic analysis in health services is not without problems, the methods discussed are able to help us with identifying best and worst practices within the health systems.

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  • Martin Dlouhý, 2009. "Efficiency and productivity analysis in health services," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2009(2), pages 176-184.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpep:v:2009:y:2009:i:2:id:348:p:176-184

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    1. Hu, Hsin-Hui & Qi, Qinghui & Yang, Chih-Hai, 2012. "Analysis of hospital technical efficiency in China: Effect of health insurance reform," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 23(4), pages 865-877.
    2. Pirozek, Petr & Komarkova, Lenka & Leseticky, Ondrej & Hajdikova, Tatana, 2015. "Corporate governance in Czech hospitals after the transformation," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 119(8), pages 1086-1095.

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    data envelopment analysis; frontier analysis; health services;

    JEL classification:

    • C50 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - General
    • C60 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - General
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity


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