Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/197255
Authors: 
Schley, Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2018
Citation: 
[Journal:] Health Economics Review [ISSN:] 2191-1991 [Volume:] 8 [Year:] 2018 [Issue:] 11 [Pages:] 1-11
Abstract: 
In the last decades, demographic change coupled with new and expensive medical innovations have put most health care systems in developed countries under financial pressure. Therefore, ensuring efficient service provision is essential for a sustainable health care system. This paper investigates the performance of regional health care services in six West European countries between 2005 and 2014. We apply a stochastic metafrontier model to capture the different conditions in the health care systems in the countries within the European Union. By means of this approach, it is possible to detect performance differences in the European health care systems subject to different conditions and technologies relative to the potential technology available. The results indicate that regional deprivation plays a key role for the efficiency of health care provision. Furthermore, a pooled model which assumes a similar technology for all countries cannot sufficiently account for differences between countries. Surprisingly, the Scandinavian regions lag behind other regions with respect to the metafrontier.
Subjects: 
Health production
Health efficiency
Stochastic frontier analysis
Metafrontier analysis
JEL: 
C23
D61
I12
I18
R10
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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