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Follow your Heart: Survival Chances and Costs after Heart Attacks - An Instrumental Variable Approach

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  • Alice Sanwald
  • Thomas Schober

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We analyze mortality and follow-up costs of heart attack patients using administrative data from Austria from 2002-2011. As treatment intensity in a hospital largely depends on whether it has a catheterization laboratory, we focus on the effects of patients' initial admission to these specialized hospitals. To account for the nonrandom selection of patients into hospitals, we exploit individuals' place of residence as a source of exogenous variation in an instrumental variable framework. We find that the initial admission to specialized hospitals increases patients' survival chances substantially. The effect on 3-year mortality is -9.5 percentage points. A separation of the sample into subgroups shows the strongest effects in relative terms for patients below the age of 65. We do not find significant effects on longterm inpatient costs and find only marginal increases in outpatient costs.

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  • Alice Sanwald & Thomas Schober, 2014. "Follow your Heart: Survival Chances and Costs after Heart Attacks - An Instrumental Variable Approach," Economics working papers 2014-12, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
  • Handle: RePEc:jku:econwp:2014_12
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    1. Hentschker, C. & Wübker, A., 2016. "The impact of technology diffusion in health care markets - Evidence from heart attack treatment," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 16/29, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
    2. Corinna Hentschker & Ansgar Wuebker, 2018. "Quasi-experimental evidence on the effectiveness of heart attack treatment in Germany," CINCH Working Paper Series 1804, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, Competent in Competition and Health.

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    Keywords

    Acute myocardial infarction; mortality; costs; instrumental variables;

    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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