Hospital Proximity and Mortality in Australia

23 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2018

Date Written: August 5, 2018


It is intuitive that proximity to hospitals can only improve the chances of survival from a range of medical conditions. This study examines the empirical evidence for this assertion, based on Australian data. While hospital proximity might serve as a proxy for other factors, such as indigenity, income, wealth or geography, the evidence suggests that proximity provides the most direct link to these factors. And as it turns out, a very statistically significant one which transcends economies.

Keywords: hospital proximity, Australian Regional mortality, heteroscedasticity

JEL Classification: I1,I11, R11

Suggested Citation

Leung, Andrew, Hospital Proximity and Mortality in Australia (August 5, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Andrew Leung (Contact Author)

Independent ( email )

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