Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/29955
Authors: 
Schwierz, Christoph
Wübker, Ansgar
Kuchinke, Björn A.
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Ruhr economic papers 120
Abstract: 
This paper shows that patients with private health insurance (PHI) are being offered significantly shorter waiting times than patients with statutory health insurance (SHI) in German acute hospital care. This behavior may be driven by the higher expected profitability of PHI relative to SHI holders. Further,we find that hospitals offering private insurees shorter waiting times as compared to SHI holders have a significantly better financial performance than those abstaining from or with less discrimination.
Subjects: 
Private health insurance
waiting time
German acute care hospitals
JEL: 
I10
I11
D21
ISBN: 
978-3-86788-134-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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