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Price Effects of Dutch Hospital Mergers: An Ex Post Assessment of Hip Surgery


Ron Kemp


Wageningen UR; Authority for consumers and Markets

Astrid Severijnen


Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa)

February 25, 2011

NMa Working Paper No. 2

Abstract:     
This study analyses price effects of two mergers in the Dutch healthcare industry. We investigate whether the merging hospitals raised their prices for hip surgery after the merger and, if so, how patients react to this higher price. For the Ziekenhuis Hilversum-Ziekenhuis Gooi-Noor merger, authors found a statistically significant price increase for hip surgery, whereas for the Erasmus MC Ziekenhuis-Havenziekenhuis Rotterdam merger, authors did not find a significant price increase due to the merger. For both mergers, travel behaviour of patients prior and after the merger increased only slightly. As only one treatment is studied, hip surgery, authors cannot draw conclusions on the overall price effect of the mergers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: Mergers, Healthcare, Hospitals, Netherlands

JEL Classification: K21, K32, D49

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Date posted: February 27, 2011  

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Kemp, Ron and Severijnen, Astrid, Price Effects of Dutch Hospital Mergers: An Ex Post Assessment of Hip Surgery (February 25, 2011). NMa Working Paper No. 2. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1769544 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1769544

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Ron Kemp (Contact Author)
Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR) ( email )
Hollandseweg 1
Wageningen, 6706KN
Netherlands
Authority for consumers and Markets ( email )
P.O. Box 16326
Muzenstraat 41
The Hague, 2500 BH
Netherlands
Astrid Severijnen
Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) ( email )
Wijnhaven 24
NL-2511 GA The Hague, 2500 BH
Netherlands
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