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Beeinflussen bessere Qualitätsinformationen die Krankenhauswahl in Deutschland? / Does Better Quality Information Affect Hospital Choice in Germany?: Eine empirische Untersuchung / An Empirical Analysis

Ansgar Wübker (), Sauerland Dirk () and Wübker Achim ()
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Sauerland Dirk: Universität Witten/Herdecke, Lehrstuhl für Institutionenökonomik und Gesunheitssystemmanagement, Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50, 58448 Witten, Germany
Wübker Achim: Institut für Mathematik, Arbeitsgruppe Stochastik, Universität Osnabrück, Albrechtstraße 28a, 49076 Osnabrück, Germany

Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), 2010, vol. 230, issue 4, 467-490

Abstract: 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extend their market shares after relative to before publishing the quality data - compared to such hospitals that do not publish their quality data.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.

Keywords: Quality of care; report cards; consumer choice; panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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