Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177607
Authors: 
Lippi Bruni, Matteo
Ugolini, Cristina
Verzulli, Rossella
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Quaderni - Working Paper DSE 1118
Abstract: 
This study examines the effect of waiting times on hospital choice by using patientlevel data on elective Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) procedures in the Italian NHS over the years 2008-2011. We perform a multinomial logit analysis including conditional logit and mixed logit specifications. Our findings show the importance of jointly controlling for time-invariant and time varying dimensions of hospital quality in order to disentangle the effect of waiting times on hospital choice. We provide evidence that patients are responsive to changes in waiting times and aspects of clinical quality within hospitals over time, and estimate the trade-off that patients make between different hospital attributes. The results convey important policy implications for highly regulated health care markets.
Subjects: 
hospital choice
waiting times
hospital quality
multinomial logit models
JEL: 
I10
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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