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Effects of Changes in Public Policy on Efficiency and Productivity of General Hospitals in Vietnam

Pinar Guven Uslu () and Thuy Pham Linh
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Pinar Guven Uslu: Norwich Business School and ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia
Thuy Pham Linh: Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

No 08-30, Working Papers from Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

Abstract: The health sector reform programme which began in Vietnam in 1989 in order to improve the efficiency of the health system has altered the way in which Vietnamese hospitals operate. The programme put the spotlight on input savings. This study aims to examine the relative efficiency of hospitals during the health reform process and assess - by looking at the relative efficiency of hospitals - the effects of the regulatory changes. The study employs the DEA two-stage approach referring to data from 101 general public hospitals over the period 1998-2006. The study revealed that there was evidence of improvement in the productivity of Vietnamese hospitals over the period 1998-2006, with a progress in total factor productivity of 1.4% per year. Furthermore, the differences in hospital efficiency can be attributed to both the regulatory changes and hospital-specific characteristics. The user feesand autonomy measures were found to increase technical efficiency. Provincial hospitals were revealed to be more technically efficient than their central counterparts and hospitals located in the North East, South East and Mekong River Delta regions performed better that hospitals from other regions.

Keywords: changes in public policy; health services; data envelopment analysis; hospital; regulatory changes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 I19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2008-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-eff, nep-hea and nep-tra
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