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Preliminary Investigations of Hospital Geography and Patient Choice in Iowa

  • Imerman, Mark D.
  • Eathington, Liesl
  • Jintanakul, Kanlaya
  • Otto, Daniel
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    This report provides a spatial representation of hospital geography in Iowa and of the decisions of patients to patronize hospitals. It begins with a brief analysis of hospital proximity and hospital proximity’s relationship to population distributions and existing hospital capacity.  This is followed with a discussion of hospital capacity as a proxy for the supply of hospital services and the construction of hospital service area gravity models based upon capacity.   Patient patronage of hospitals is then presented as a proxy of demand for hospital services, and gravity models are estimated on the basis of patronage. 

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    Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 12630.

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    Date of creation: 22 May 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:12630
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