Do Mergers Benefit Patients in Underperforming Administrations? Lessons from Area Health Service Amalgamation

10 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2014

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Meliyanni Johar

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Elizabeth Savage

University of Technology Sydney: Economics

Date Written: December 2014

Abstract

Evidence supporting the effects of mergers in healthcare markets on quality is mixed. In this study we exploit a government policy in NSW that imposed mergers on area health services (AHSs) to evaluate the effects of the merger on patient waiting times, an indicator of quality. We focus on the specific question of whether the merger had a larger impact on worse‐performing AHSs. Our results show heterogeneous impacts, reducing waiting times for relatively urgent public patients but further delaying non‐urgent patients. In addition, we find the merger reduced the waiting time gap between public and private patients.

Suggested Citation

Johar, Meliyanni and Savage, Elizabeth, Do Mergers Benefit Patients in Underperforming Administrations? Lessons from Area Health Service Amalgamation (December 2014). Economic Record, Vol. 90, Issue 291, pp. 526-535, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2539743 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12138

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Elizabeth Savage

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