Public Procurement of Healthcare in Europe: The Case of Medical Devices

Rivista di Politica Economica, Vol. 104 (4/4), pp. 7-36, 2015

21 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2019

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Francesco Decarolis

Bocconi University - Department of Economics

Cristina Giorgiantonio

Bank of Italy

Date Written: April 1, 2015

Abstract

This paper analyzes the public procurement of orthopaedic implants and related medical devices in Europe. We analyze the legal framework laid down by the EU Procurement Directives, especially with regard to awarding procedures and contractual forms. We then use data covering the universe of EU public tenders for the period 2009-2014 to describe the key empirical features of the market with regard to awarding procedures and contractual forms. We discuss implications for quality, competition, corruption and product innovation in light of both our data and the new Directive 2014/24/EU.

Keywords: healthcare, auctions, regulation

JEL Classification: K23, L51, L90

Suggested Citation

Decarolis, Francesco and Giorgiantonio, Cristina, Public Procurement of Healthcare in Europe: The Case of Medical Devices (April 1, 2015). Rivista di Politica Economica, Vol. 104 (4/4), pp. 7-36, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3476523 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3476523

Francesco Decarolis (Contact Author)

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Cristina Giorgiantonio

Bank of Italy ( email )

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Rome, 00184
Italy

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