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Volume-outcome relationship and minimum volume regulations in the German hospital sector – evidence from nationwide administrative hospital data for the years 2005–2007

Corinna Hentschker (), Roman Mennicken (), Antonius Reifferscheid (), Juergen Wasem and Ansgar Wübker ()
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Roman Mennicken: FOM University of Applied Sciences, Essen Landschaftsverband Rheinland
Antonius Reifferscheid: University Duisburg-Essen

Health Economics Review, 2018, vol. 8, issue 1, 1-14

Abstract: Abstract Background This paper analyses the volume-outcome relationship and the effects of minimum volume regulations in the German hospital sector. Methods We use a full sample of administrative data from the unselected, complete German hospital population for the years 2005 to 2007. We apply regression methods to analyze the association between volume and hospital quality. We measure hospital quality with a binary variable, which indicates whether the patient has died in hospital. Using simulation techniques we examine the impact of the minimum volume regulations on the accessibility of hospital services. Results We find a highly significant negative relationship between case volume and mortality for complex interventions at the pancreas and oesophagus as well as for knee replacement. For liver, kidney and stem cell transplantation as well as for CABG we could not find a strong association between volume and quality. Access to hospital care is only moderately affected by minimum volume regulations. Conclusion The effectiveness of minimum volume regulations depends on the type of intervention. Depending on the type of intervention, quality gains can be expected at the cost of slightly decreased access to care.

Keywords: Volume; Hospital quality; Mortality; Access to care (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1186/s13561-018-0204-8

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