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Spatial Disparities in Hospital Performances

  • Laurent Gobillon

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  • Carine Milcent

    (Crest)

Spatial disparities in mortality can result from spatial differences in patientcharacteristics, treatments, hospital characteristics, and local healthcare marketstructure. To distinguish between these explanatory factors, we estimate a fexibleduration model on stays in hospital for a heart attack using a French exhaustivedataset. Over the 1998-2003 period, the raw disparities in the propensity to die within15 days between the extreme regions reaches 80%. It decreases to 47% after takinginto account the patients' characteristics and their treatments. We conduct a varianceanalysis to explain regional disparities in mortality. Whereas spatial variations in theuse of innovative treatments play the most important role, spatial differences in thelocal concentration of patients also play a significant role.

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Paper provided by Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique in its series Working Papers with number 2010-19.

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