Comparisons of hospital output in Canada: national and international perspectives
Ruolz Ariste and
Kam Yu ()
International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 2017, vol. 17, issue 4, No 3, 433-451
Abstract Current cost-based approach in measuring health care output does not allow decomposition of health care expenditure into price and output components. In this paper we propose an episode-based direction measurement method which closely resembles the concept of output in the system of national accounts. Using data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, we calculate a quality unadjusted output index of the Canadian hospital sector for the periods 1996–2005. The result shows that total output increases at an average annual growth rate of 1.49%. We expect that with the quality adjustment the actual rate is higher. This is in contrast with the long-held assumption that health care productivity growth is zero. Our results provide key information on the ongoing health care policy debate.
Keywords: Health care output; System of national accounts; Price index; Quantity index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C43 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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