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Efficiency of the medical care industry: Evidence from the Italian regional system

Roberto Ippoliti () and Greta Falavigna

European Journal of Operational Research, 2012, vol. 217, issue 3, 643-652

Abstract: What might be the relation between clinical research and efficiency of medical care suppliers? Is the hypothesis of a positive relation consistent? Considering efficiency as the supplier’s ability to maximize the number of patients hospitalized in a mobility process among regions (i.e. mobility balance), this work aims at highlighting the existence of a positive externality of pharmaceutical clinical research on that kind of efficiency. In other words, an externality is able to affect the patients’ perception of good/bad quality of outputs supplied by the medical care industry, leading their mobility process. Taking Italy and the mobility of patients among regions into account, an Operational Research study will be performed in order to support this assumption.

Keywords: OR in health services; Data Envelopment Analysis; Pharmaceutical clinical research; Medical researcher; Research subjects; Regional analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2011.10.010

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