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Quality Improvement in Health Care: A Framework for Price and Output Measurement

  • Irving Shapiro
  • Matthew D. Shapiro
  • David W. Wilcox

The durability of health care treatment, the substantial technical change in health care treatment, and the prevalence of third-party payment interact to create substantial difficulty in measuring the price and output of health care. This paper provides a framework for analyzing the demand for health care taking into account these difficulties. It then suggests how this framework might be used to improve measurement of health care prices and output.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 6971.

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Date of creation: Feb 1999
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Publication status: published as American Economic Review Proceedings, Vol. 89 (May 1999): 333-337.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6971
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  1. Irving Shapiro & Matthew D. Shapiro & David Wilcox, 2001. "Measuring the value of Cataract Surgery," NBER Chapters, in: Medical Care Output and Productivity, pages 411-438 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. David M. Cutler & Mark B. McClellan & Joseph P. Newhouse & Dahlia K. Remler, 2001. "Pricing Heart Attack Treatments," NBER Chapters, in: Medical Care Output and Productivity, pages 305-362 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Dennis Fixler & Mitchell Ginsburg, 2001. "Health Care Output and Prices in the Producer Price Index," NBER Chapters, in: Medical Care Output and Productivity, pages 221-270 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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