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Optimal Contracts and Contractual Arrangements Within the Hospital: Bargaining vs. Take-it-or-leave-it Offers

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  • Matteo M Galizzi

    (Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK and University of Brescia, Italy)

  • Marisa Miraldo

    (Centre for Health Economics, University of York)

Abstract

We study the impact of different contractual arrangements within the hospital on the optimal contracts designed by third party payers when severity is hospital's private information. We develop a multi-issue bargaining process between doctors and managers within the hospital. Results are then compared with a scenario where doctors and managers decide independently by maximizing their own profit, with managers proposing to doctors a take-it-or leave-it offer. Results show that, when the cost of capital is sufficiently low, the informational rent arising on information asymmetry is higher in a set up where managers and doctors decide together through a strategic bargaining process than when they act as two decision-making units.

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  • Matteo M Galizzi & Marisa Miraldo, 2008. "Optimal Contracts and Contractual Arrangements Within the Hospital: Bargaining vs. Take-it-or-leave-it Offers," Working Papers 037cherp, Centre for Health Economics, University of York.
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    Keywords

    Strategic Bargaining; Optimal Contracts; Hospitals; Asymmetric Information;

    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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