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Regional Differences in Outpatient Antibiotic Consumption in Switzerland

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  • Massimo Filippini
  • Giuliano Masiero

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  • Karine Moschetti

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This paper investigates regional variations in outpatient antibiotic use and provides a first empirical analysis based on Swiss data. We compare Swiss antibiotic consumption with antibiotic use in other European countries and present descriptive statistics at cantonal level. Preliminary findings show that Switzerland exhibits relatively low levels of consumption. There are significant differences among cantons both in the per capita antibiotic sales and Defined Daily Doses per 1000 inhabitants per day (DID). Regression analysis suggests that demographic factors, density of pharmacies and medical practices, in-come and the incidence of infections are significantly related to antibiotic consumption.

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  • Massimo Filippini & Giuliano Masiero & Karine Moschetti, 2004. "Regional Differences in Outpatient Antibiotic Consumption in Switzerland," Working Papers 0402, Department of Economics and Technology Management, University of Bergamo.
  • Handle: RePEc:brh:wpaper:0402
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    Keywords

    Antibiotic consumption; Regional differences;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General

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