Journal article

How do Hospitals Respond to Price Changes? Evidence from Norway

Jurgita Januleviciute, Jan Erik Askildsen, Oddvar Kaarboe, Luigi Siciliani, Matt Sutton

HEALTH ECONOMICS | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

Many publicly funded health systems use activity-based financing to increase hospital production and efficiency. The aim of this study is to investigate whether price changes for different treatments affect the number of patients treated and the mix of activity provided by hospitals. We exploit the variations in prices created by the changes in the national average treatment cost per diagnosis-related group (DRG) offered to Norwegian hospitals over a period of 5 years (2003-2007). We use the data from Norwegian Patient Register, containing individual-level information on age, gender, type of treatment, diagnosis, number of co-morbidities and the national average treatment costs per DRG. We e..

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