Outpatient spending and healthcare system’s efficiency. A key to achieve better outcomes?
Agnieszka Bem , Paweł Prędkiewicz , Paulina Ucieklak-Jeż , Rafał Siedlecki
AbstractIt is widely accepted that outpatient treatment is cheaper than hospital one. Assuming the possibility of, at least partial, substitution of hospital treatment by some forms of out-patient treatment, health systems with more emphasis on outpatient treatment should be characterised by better effects at the same cost, or lower costs with the same effects. Using a panel econometric models, we examine, whether, beside an obvious relationship between health expenditure and health status, at a given level of expenditure, we can observe an impact of increased share of outpatient spending. We use data covering the years 2004-2012, on expenditure and effects, coming from Eurostat Database, for selected European countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Spain, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Hungary). Studies confirm, for most variables describing health effects, the existence of a positive relationship between the use of outpatient treatment and health system efficiency
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Book||Kapounek Svatopluk, Krutilova Veronika (eds.): 21th Annual International Conference Conference. Enterprise and Competitive Environment. Conference Proceedings, 2018, Mendel University in Brno, ISBN 9788075095619, 745 p.|
|Keywords in English||healthcare spending, efficiency, outpatient care|
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