Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/156406
Authors: 
Pruckner, Gerald J.
Schober, Thomas
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, CD-Lab Aging, Health and the Labor Market, Johannes Kepler University 1605
Abstract: 
Healthcare payers try to reduce costs by promoting the use of cheaper generic drugs. We show that there are strong interrelations in drug prescriptions between the inpatient and the outpatient sector using a large administrative dataset from Austria. Patients with prior hospital visits have a significantly lower probability to receive a generic drug in the outpatient sector. The size of the effect depends on both patient and doctor characteristics which can be related to differences in hospital treatment and heterogeneity in physicians' adherence to hospital choices. The spillover effects create cost ineffectiveness, in particular in healthcare systems with separate funding of inpatient and outpatient service provision.
Subjects: 
prescription decision
generic drugs
physician behavior
hospitals
JEL: 
I11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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