Tilburg Law and Economics Center

TILEC Work In Progress: Phuc Phung

Date: Time: 10:45 Location: ONLINE Meeting

10:45-11:45, ONLINE MEETING

The proper Scope of Government in Hospitals

Authors: Lapo Filistrucchi, Phuc Phung, and Jens Prüfer

Do organizations in governmental and in private, for-profit ownership make different strategic decisions in predictable directions? Hart et al. (1997) constructed a model to answer this question but a conclusive empirical answer is still missing. We use a unique data set containing information on quality indicators, inputs, and organizational form of all German hospitals. Our preliminary results confirm the link hypothesized by Hart et al. between lower cost and lower service quality. However, they refute the idea that private hospitals focus on cost cutting. Our results suggest the opposite: private hospitals focus on high-quality production. As high quality requires more health personnel, private hospitals also incur higher cost of production than public hospitals.


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