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Hospital Ownership Mix Efficiency in the Us: An Exploratory Study


Rexford E. Santerre


University of Connecticut - Department of Finance

John A. Vernon


University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

March 2005

NBER Working Paper No. w11192

Abstract:     
This paper offers an empirical test of ownership mix efficiency in the U.S. hospital services industry. The test compares the benefits of quality assurance with the costs from the attenuation of property rights that result from an increased presence of nonprofit organizations. The empirical results suggest that too many not-for-profit and public hospitals may exist in the typical market area of the U.S. The policy implication is that more quality of care per dollar might be obtained by attracting a greater percentage of for-profit hospitals into some market areas. This conclusion, however, is tempered with several caveats. We discuss these and also make recommendations for further research.

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Date posted: April 18, 2005  

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Santerre, Rexford E. and Vernon, John A., Hospital Ownership Mix Efficiency in the Us: An Exploratory Study (March 2005). NBER Working Paper No. w11192. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=684718

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Rexford E. Santerre
University of Connecticut - Department of Finance ( email )
School of Business
2100 Hillside Road
Storrs, CT 06269
United States
John A. Vernon (Contact Author)
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill ( email )
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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