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Effects of Changes in Public Policy on Efficiency and Productivity of General Hospitals in Vietnam

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  • Pinar Guven Uslu

    (Centre for Competition Policy and Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia)

  • Thuy Pham Linh

    (Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia)

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The health sector reform programme which began in Vietnam in 1989 in order to improve the efficiency of the health system has altered the way in which Vietnamese hospitals operate. The programme put the spotlight on input savings. This study aims to examine the relative efficiency of hospitals during the health reform process and assess – by looking at the relative efficiency of hospitals – the effects of the regulatory changes. The study employs the DEA two-stage approach referring to data from 101 general public hospitals over the period 1998-2006. The study revealed that there was evidence of improvement in the productivity of Vietnamese hospitals over the period 1998-2006, with a progress in total factor productivity of 1.4% per year. Furthermore, the differences in hospital efficiency can be attributed to both the regulatory changes and hospital-specific characteristics. The user fees and autonomy measures were found to increase technical efficiency. Provincial hospitals were revealed to be more technically efficient than their central counterparts and hospitals located in the North East, South East and Mekong River Delta regions performed better than hospitals from other regions.

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  • Pinar Guven Uslu & Thuy Pham Linh, 2008. "Effects of Changes in Public Policy on Efficiency and Productivity of General Hospitals in Vietnam," Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) 2008-30, Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
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    Keywords

    changes in public policy; health services; data envelopment analysis; hospital; regulatory changes;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other

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