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Is there scope for mixed markets in the provision of hospital care?

Laura Levaggi and Rosella Levaggi

Social Science & Medicine, 2020, vol. 247, issue C

Abstract: Market oriented reforms in hospital care have produced a variety of quasi markets that differ for the type of providers that are allowed to compete. Mixed markets, where public hospitals compete alongside private ones, are increasingly common, but the literature does not agree on their performances and their desirability. We review the contributions in this field by proposing a common framework which allows to account for the different approaches proposed to model public hospitals. In this paper we show under which conditions mixed markets perform better in terms of average quality, and we review the empirical literature to determine whether these conditions are met.

Keywords: Hospital care provision; Public hospitals; Mixed markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112810

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