Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/159816
Authors: 
Lippi Bruni, Matteo
Mammi, Irene
Ugolini, Cristina
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Quaderni - Working Paper DSE 978
Abstract: 
Over-crowding in Emergency Departments (EDs) generates potential inefficiencies. Using regional administrative data, we investigate the impact of an increase in the accessibility of primary care on ED visits in Italy. We test whether extending practice opening hours up to 12 hours/day reduces inappropriate ED visits. We estimate count data models, considering different measures for ED visits recorded at the list level. Since the extension programme is voluntary, we also account for the potential endogeneity of participation, using a two-stage residual inclusion and a GMM approach. Our results show that improving primary care accessibility favours a more appropriate use of EDs.
JEL: 
I11
I18
C31
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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