Operational Research

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 69–81 | Cite as

Productivity and quality changes in Greek public hospitals

  • Roxani Karagiannis
  • Kostas Velentzas
Original Paper


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.


Productivity Efficiency Quality DEA Hospitals Greece 

JEL Classification

D24 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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Planning and Economic Research (KEPE)AthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Economic StudiesUniversity of MacedoniaThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.72 Evzonon str.ThessalonikiGreece

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