Quality Improvement in Health Care: a Framework for Price and Output Measurement

13 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 1999 Last revised: 12 Oct 2010

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Irving Shapiro

Phillips Eye Institute

Matthew D. Shapiro

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

David W. Wilcox

Federal Reserve Board - Division of Research and Statistics

Date Written: February 1999

Abstract

The durability of health care treatment, the substantial technical change in health care treatment, and the prevalence of third-party payment interact to create substantial difficulty in measuring the price and output of health care. This paper provides a framework for analyzing the demand for health care taking into account these difficulties. It then suggests how this framework might be used to improve measurement of health care prices and output.

Suggested Citation

Shapiro, Irving and Shapiro, Matthew D. and Wilcox, David W., Quality Improvement in Health Care: a Framework for Price and Output Measurement (February 1999). NBER Working Paper No. w6971. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=151597

Irving Shapiro

Phillips Eye Institute

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Matthew D. Shapiro (Contact Author)

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