Determinants of health-system efficiency: evidence from OECD countries
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- de Cos, P.H. & Moral-Benito, E. Int J Health Care Finance Econ (2014) 14: 69. doi:10.1007/s10754-013-9140-7
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This paper analyzes the most important determinants of healthcare efficiency across OECD countries. As previously documented in the literature, we first provide evidence of significant differences in the cross-country level of efficiency in healthcare provision. We then investigate how improvements in efficiency can be achieved by considering alternative efficiency indices (parametric and non-parametric) and a novel dataset with information on the characteristics of healthcare systems across OECD countries. Our empirical findings suggest a positive correlation between policies such as increasing the regulation of prices billed by providers and reducing the degree of gate keeping and the efficiency of national healthcare systems.