Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance,
Stockholm School of Economics

No 247: Health Care System Effects on Cost Efficiency in the OECD Countries

Ulf-G. Gerdtham () and Mickael Löthgren ()
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Ulf-G. Gerdtham: Centre for Health Economics, Postal: Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, S-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden
Mickael Löthgren: Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, S-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: This paper investigates the effects of different health systems on cost efficiency in inpatient health care among the OECD countries. The results indicate that public contract systems are less efficient and that public integrated health systems are more efficient than public reimbursement systems.

Keywords: International comparisons; OECD data; Panel data; Cost efficiency; Stochastic frontier

JEL-codes: C12; C23; I10

10 pages, June 18, 1998

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