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Determinants of Avoidable Deaths from Ischaemic Heart Diseases in East and West Germany

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  • Schwierz, Christoph
  • Wübker, Ansgar

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The objective of this paper is to identify selected forces of the decrease in the number of avoidable deaths from ischaemic heart diseases (IHD) inWest and East Germany from 1996 to 2004. Our main result reveals that the number of intracardiac catheter facilities,which are an important diagnostic tool for IHD, do significantly account for decreases in avoidable mortality from IHD.This is important, as the modernization of the East German health sector included a considerable catch-up process in the number of IC facilities provided relative to West Germany.

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  • Schwierz, Christoph & Wübker, Ansgar, 2009. "Determinants of Avoidable Deaths from Ischaemic Heart Diseases in East and West Germany," Ruhr Economic Papers 119, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen.
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    1. Hentschker, C. & Wübker, A., 2016. "The impact of technology diffusion in health care markets - Evidence from heart attack treatment," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 16/29, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
    2. Adriana Castelli & Olena Nizalova, 2011. "Avoidable mortality: what it means and how it is measured," Working Papers 063cherp, Centre for Health Economics, University of York.

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    Keywords

    Avoidable deaths; ischaemic heart disease; intracardiac catheters; Germany;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other

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