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Factors Affecting Hospital Choice for Rural Iowa Residents

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  • Jintanakul, Kanlaya

    (IA State U)

  • Otto, Daniel

    (IA State U)

Abstract

This study uses Iowa Hospital Association records related to inpatient and outpatient procedures performed at rural Iowa hospitals to examine how institutional, locational, and individual characteristics affect choice of hospitals for rural residents. The rural residents most likely to bypass their local hospitals are younger people with private outpatient insurance already living a long distance from any hospital. Complex procedures and life-threatening illnesses can reduce the probability of choosing the nearest rural hospital. Rural residents also appear less likely to bypass the nearest rural hospital for outpatient services.

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  • Jintanakul, Kanlaya & Otto, Daniel, 2009. "Factors Affecting Hospital Choice for Rural Iowa Residents," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 39(2), pages 171-187.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:39:y:2009:i:2:p:171-87
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    1. Alexander, Gigi M. & Cebula, Richard J., 2011. "Non-Economic and Economic Factors in the Decision to Obtain a Pap Smear: The Case of Women Residents in the State of Florida," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 41(2).

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    Keywords

    Hospital; Hospitals; Outpatient;

    JEL classification:

    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • R22 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Other Demand
    • R53 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Public Facility Location Analysis; Public Investment and Capital Stock

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