Does better quality information affect hospital choice in germany? An empirical analysis [Beeinflussen bessere qualitätsinformationen die krankenhauswahl in deutschland? Eine empirische untersuchung]

Autor(en): Wübker, A.
Sauerland, D.
Stichwörter: Consumer choice; Panel data; Quality of care; Report cards
Erscheinungsdatum: 2010
Journal: Jahrbucher fur Nationalokonomie und Statistik
Volumen: 230
Ausgabe: 4
Startseite: 467
Seitenende: 490
This paper examines, whether well prepared report cards affect hospital choice within Germany. We report three main findings. First: hospitals, which publish their quality data voluntarily, extend their market shares after relative to before publishing the quality data - compared to such hospitals that do not publish their quality data. Second: in the group of the publishing hospitals, hospitals with a higher than average quality increased their market shares after relative to before the adoption of the report card - compared to hospitals with a lower than average quality. Third: hospitals with quality below average are basically chosen by patients living nearby and not by those with a higher travelling distance. Based on these finding decision makers in hospitals have strong incentives (i) to make quality information publicly available and (ii) to keep their quality scores high.
ISSN: 00214027
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