Price Effects of Dutch Hospital Mergers: An Ex Post Assessment of Hip Surgery
NMa Working Paper No. 2
42 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2011
Date Written: February 25, 2011
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.
Keywords: Mergers, Healthcare, Hospitals, Netherlands
JEL Classification: K21, K32, D49
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