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Does Medical Equipment Expansion Lead to More Diagnostic Services? Evidence from China’s Sichuan Province

Mengyun Liu, Xuezheng Qin () and Jay Pan ()

Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 2017, vol. 53, issue 6, 1289-1300

Abstract: A major goal of China’s healthcare reform is to control the increasing healthcare spending, much of which can be attributed to the overuse of diagnostic tests and has been relatively less studied in the literature. This article analyzes the correlation between medical equipment expansion and the increase in diagnostic test expenditure in China, using Sichuan Province as an example. County-level data aggregated from hospitals’ annual reports in Sichuan Province from 2008 to 2012 were used. The results show a positive correlation between the expansion of medical equipment and the increase in diagnostic test expenditure. Our study provides implications on reforming China’s healthcare delivery system and medical equipment regulation policies.

Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1080/1540496X.2016.1247689

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