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Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 39-45

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Measurement of Technical Efficiency of Public Hospitals in Kenya: Using Data Envelopment Analysis

  • Joses M. KirigiaAffiliated withWorld Health Organisation, Regional Office for Africa, Medical School, Parirenyatwa Hospital
  • , Ali EmrouznejadAffiliated withOperational Research and Systems, Warwick Business School, Warwick University Email author 
  • , Luis G. SamboAffiliated withWorld Health Organisation, Regional Office for Africa, Medical School, Parirenyatwa Hospital

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Abstract

In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), there is a huge knowledge gap of health facilities performance. The objective of this study is to measure relative technical efficiencies of 54 public hospitals in Kenya using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) technique. 14 (26%) of the public hospitals were found to be technically inefficient. The study singled out the inefficient hospitals and provided the magnitudes of specific input reductions or output increases needed to attain technical efficiency.

DEA hospital efficiency health efficiency