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Estimating the costs of specialised care

  • Silvio Daidone

    (Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK)

  • Andrew Street

    (Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK)

In most sectors of the economy, specialisation is associated with lower costs. Yet some specialised hospitals claim to require more generous funding than general hospitals. This claim is based on the assertion that their patients are different, and that these differences outweigh the cost advantages of specialisation. Unless the basis for this claim can be established, the financial incentives introduced by Payment by Results to encourage cost reducing behaviour will be diluted.

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Paper provided by Centre for Health Economics, University of York in its series Working Papers with number 061cherp.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:chy:respap:61cherp
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