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Performance of the health care industry: the Italian case study

Greta Falavigna, Roberto Ippoliti () and Alessandro Manello

CERIS Working Paper from Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY -NOW- Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY

Abstract: Considering the Italian healthcare system, the present study analyzes the aspects that might affect the efficiency of Italian hospitals. In this work, the authors analyze what influences a specific definition of efficiency, which is calculated maximizing healthcare production but minimizing potential financial losses. In other words, this work considers efficient each hospital which is able to maximize the production of medical treatments while complying, at the same time, with budget constraints. Hence, the results of this paper are two-fold: from the organizational point of view and from the technical one.

Keywords: Hospital efficiency; Directional Distance Function (DDF); Hierarchical organization; Healthcare management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2012-12
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