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Spatial disparities in hospital performances

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  • Gobillon, Laurent
  • Milcent, Carine

Spatial disparities in mortality can result from spatial di¤erences in patient characteristics, treatments, hospital characteristics, and local healthcare market structure. To distinguish between these explanatory factors, we estimate a flexible duration model on stays in hospital for a heart attack using a French exhaustive dataset. Over the 1998-2003 period, the raw disparities in the propensity to die within 15 days between the extreme regions reaches 80 %. It decreases to 47% after taking into account the patients' characteristics and their treatments. We conduct a variance analysis to explain regional disparities in mortality. Whereas spatial variations in the use of innovative treatments play the most important role, spatial di¤erences in the local concentration of patients also play a significant role.

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Paper provided by CEPREMAP in its series CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) with number 1007.

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Length: 57 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
Handle: RePEc:cpm:docweb:1007
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