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Hospital Choice in the NHS

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  • Dardanoni, V.;
  • Laudicella, M.;
  • Li Donni, P.;

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We study hospital choice in the publicly funded National Health Service in England, using a two sample strategy to identify a structural model of demand for elective procedures. In the NHS patients are allowed to opt out from the market of free-of-charge public hospitals and choose a private provider; we find that the outside option has an important effect on competition, patient choice and elasticities compared with traditional models ignoring the private sector. Considering endogeneity of waiting-time, proper measures of quality and the existence of private sector, we find substantially different policy conclusions compared to existing hospital demand models.

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  • Dardanoni, V.; & Laudicella, M.; & Li Donni, P.;, 2018. "Hospital Choice in the NHS," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 18/04, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
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    1. S. Balia & R. Brau & D. Moro, 2018. "Hospital choice with high long-distance mobility," Working Paper CRENoS 201810, Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia.
    2. Levaggi, Laura & Levaggi, Rosella, 2020. "Is there scope for mixed markets in the provision of hospital care?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 247(C).

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    Keywords

    hospital demand; patient choice; quality; NHS;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health

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