Productivity and quality changes in Greek public hospitals
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The objective of this paper is to estimate productivity changes after the inclusion of quality variables for a panel of Greek public hospitals during the period 2002–2007. We measure hospital productivity and quality changes through a non-parametric estimation of the quality adjusted Malmquist productivity index by using the percentage of survival after admissions as a proxy of hospital care services quality. Even though the empirical results indicate on average deterioration both in productivity and quality there is considerable variation among the sample hospitals.
KeywordsProductivity Efficiency Quality DEA Hospitals Greece
JEL ClassificationD24 I10
Pythagoras II-Funding of research groups in the University of Macedonia, Priority Action 2.2.3.e, Measure 2.2, to be implemented within the framework of the Operational Programme “Education and Initial Vocational Training II (EPEAEK II)” and co-financed by the European Union [3rd Community Support Framework, 75% financed by the European Social Fund 25% National Resources].
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