Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-53570
Widmer, Philippe K (2011). Does Prospective Payment Increase Hospital (In)Efficiency? Evidence from the Swiss Hospital Sector. Working paper series / Department of Economics No. 53, University of Zurich.
Several European countries have followed the United States in introducing prospective payment for hospitals with the expectation of achieving cost efficiency gains. This article examines whether theoretical expectations of cost efficiency gains can be empirically confirmed. In contrast to previous studies, the analysis of Switzerland provides a comparison of a retrospective per diem payment system with a prospective global budget and a payment per patient case system. Using a sample of approximately 90 public financed Swiss hospitals during the years 2004 to 2009 and Bayesian inference of a standard and a random parameter frontier model, cost efficiency gains are found, particularly with a payment per patient case system. Payment systems designed to put hospitals at operating risk are more effective than retrospective payment systems. However, hospitals are heterogeneous with respect to their production technologies, making a random parameter frontier model the superior specification for Switzerland.
|Item Type:||Working Paper|
|Communities & Collections:||03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics|
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
|JEL Classification:||C11, C23, D24, I18|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Hospital inefficiency, prospective payment system, Bayesian inference, stochastic frontier analysis|
|Deposited On:||20 Dec 2011 16:47|
|Last Modified:||17 Oct 2012 12:09|
|Series Name:||Working paper series / Department of Economics|
|Number of Pages:||23|
|ISSN:||1664-7041 (P) 1664-705X (E)|
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