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Towards an Efficient Mechanism for Prescription Drug Procurement

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  • Kyna Fong
  • Michael Schwarz

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This paper applies ideas from mechanism design to model procurement of prescription drugs. We present a mechanism for government-funded market-driven drug procurement that achieves very close to full static efficiency -- all members have access to all but at most a single drug -- without distorting incentives for innovation.

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  • Kyna Fong & Michael Schwarz, 2009. "Towards an Efficient Mechanism for Prescription Drug Procurement," NBER Working Papers 14718, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:14718
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    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets

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