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The impact of decentralisation on the performance of health care systems: A non-linear relationship

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  • Sean Dougherty
  • Luca Lorenzoni
  • Alberto Marino
  • Fabrice Murtin

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This paper examines the relationship between the degree of administrative decentralisation across levels of government in health care decision-making and health care spending, life expectancy as well as hospital costs. This empirical analysis builds on previous analytical research carried out by the OECD (Lorenzoni, Murtin et al., 2018; Lorenzoni and Marino, 2017), both of which established new methodological tools to analyse health sector performance. The present analysis extends this framework to examine the impact of centralisation versus decentralisation of responsibilities across levels of government, making use of newly collected data on governance and expenditure assignment, as well as non-linear empirical specifications.

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  • Sean Dougherty & Luca Lorenzoni & Alberto Marino & Fabrice Murtin, 2019. "The impact of decentralisation on the performance of health care systems: A non-linear relationship," OECD Working Papers on Fiscal Federalism 27, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ctpaab:27-en
    DOI: 10.1787/04208b83-en
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    Keywords

    governance; health care; hospitals; intergovernmental relations; Public economics; regional economics;
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    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth

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