Does Better Quality Information Affect Hospital Choice in Germany? An Empirical Analysis

Autor(en): Wuebker, Ansgar
Sauerland, Dirk
Wuebker, Achim
Stichwörter: Business & Economics; CARDIAC-SURGERY; COMPETITION; Economics; EXPENDITURE; HEALTH-CARE; INSURANCE; MARKET SHARE; Mathematical Methods In Social Sciences; MORTALITY; OF-CARE; OUTCOMES; PERFORMANCE REPORTS; Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods
Erscheinungsdatum: 2010
Herausgeber: LUCIUS LUCIUS VERLAG MBH
Journal: JAHRBUCHER FUR NATIONALOKONOMIE UND STATISTIK
Volumen: 230
Ausgabe: 4
Startseite: 467
Seitenende: 490
Zusammenfassung: 
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extend their market shares after relative to before publishing the quality data compared to such hospitals that do not publish their quality data.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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