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Health Status After Cancer. Does It Matter Which Hospital You Belong To?

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Survival rates are widely used to compare quality of health care. In this paper we introduce post-illness employment as a supplemental indicator of successful treatment of serious diseases. Utilizing rich register based data on cancer patients we document substantial differences across Norwegian hospital catchment areas with respect to employment five years after diagnosis. Conventional quality indicators based on survival rates indicate smaller differences. The two sets of indicators are only weakly correlated, suggesting that they capture different parts of the quality distribution, and that using only one of them may be insufficient.

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  • Jon H. Fiva & Torbjørn Hægeland & Marte Rønning, 2009. "Health Status After Cancer. Does It Matter Which Hospital You Belong To?," Discussion Papers 590, Statistics Norway, Research Department.
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    Quality indicators; health sector; survival; employment; cancer;

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    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure

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