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Competition, Equity and Quality in Health Care

  • Maija Halonen-Akatwijuka
  • Carol Propper

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In this paper we focus on the implications of consumer heterogeneity for whether competition will improve outcomes in health care markets. We show that competition generally favours the majority group as higher quality for the majority is an effective way to increase the quality signal and attract patients. A regulator who is concerned about equity may protect the minority group by not introducing competition. Alternatively, if the minority group is favoured by the providers under monopoly, competition can improve equity by forcing the providers to increase quality for the majority group.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series The Centre for Market and Public Organisation with number 12/296.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:bri:cmpowp:12/296
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