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Average‐Cost Pricing and Dynamic Selection Incentives in the Hospital Sector

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  • Mathias Kifmann
  • Luigi Siciliani

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This study investigates dynamic incentives to select patients for hospitals that are remunerated according to a prospective payment system of the diagnosis‐related group (DRG) type. Using a model with patients differing in severity within a DRG, we show that price dynamics depend on the extent of hospital altruism and the relation between patients' severity and benefit. Upwards and downwards price movements over time are both possible. In a steady state, DRG prices are unlikely to give optimal incentives to treat patients. Depending on the level of altruism, too few or too many patients are treated. DRG pricing may also give incentives to treat low‐severity patients even though high‐severity patients should be treated. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Mathias Kifmann & Luigi Siciliani, 2017. "Average‐Cost Pricing and Dynamic Selection Incentives in the Hospital Sector," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 26(12), pages 1566-1582, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:26:y:2017:i:12:p:1566-1582
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.3451
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    1. Bertoli, Paola & Grembi, Veronica, 2017. "The political economy of diagnosis-related groups," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 190(C), pages 38-47.
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    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L44 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Antitrust Policy and Public Enterprise, Nonprofit Institutions, and Professional Organizations

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