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Finance and performance of Portuguese hospitals

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This study analyses the impact of changing systems of finance on the performance of hospitals in Portugal, specifically in terms of costs per admission and per patient day, average length of stay and the number of admissions. The study is based on panel data (36 hospitals over a ten-year period), used to estimate cost functions. It is concluded that costs per admission decreased over the period in question, principally due to declining length of stay.

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  • Elvira Lima & David K. Whynes, 2003. "Finance and performance of Portuguese hospitals," NIMA Working Papers 20, Núcleo de Investigação em Microeconomia Aplicada (NIMA), Universidade do Minho.
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    1. António Afonso & Sónia Fernandes, 2008. "Assessing Hospital Efficiency: Non-parametric Evidence for Portugal," Working Papers Department of Economics 2008/07, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, Universidade de Lisboa.

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    DRG; financing systems; hospital; Portugal; prospective payment;

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