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Productivity growth, case mix and optimal size of hospitals. A 16-year study of the Norwegian hospital sector

Kjartan Sarheim Anthun, Sverre Kittelsen () and Jon Magnussen

Health Policy, 2017, vol. 121, issue 4, 418-425

Abstract: This paper analyses productivity growth in the Norwegian hospital sector over a period of 16 years, 1999–2014. This period was characterized by a large ownership reform with subsequent hospital reorganizations and mergers. We describe how technological change, technical productivity, scale efficiency and the estimated optimal size of hospitals have evolved during this period.

Keywords: Health care reform; Health services research; Organizational efficiency; Healthcare financing; Diagnosis-related groups; Hospital economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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