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Location, quality and choice of hospital: Evidence from England 2002–2013

Moscelli, Giuseppe, Siciliani, L, Gutacker, N and Gravelle, H (2016) Location, quality and choice of hospital: Evidence from England 2002–2013 Regional Science and Urban Economics, 60. pp. 112-124.

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Abstract

We investigate (a) how patient choice of hospital for elective hip replacement is influenced by distance, quality and waiting times, (b) differences in choices between patients in urban and rural locations, (c) the relationship between hospitals' elasticities of demand to quality and the number of local rivals, and how these changed after relaxation of constraints on hospital choice in England in 2006. Using a data set on over 500,000 elective hip replacement patients over the period 2002 to 2013 we find that patients became more likely to travel to a provider with higher quality or lower waiting times, the proportion of patients bypassing their nearest provider increased from 25% to almost 50%, and hospital elasticity of demand with respect to own quality increased. By 2013 average hospital demand elasticity with respect to readmission rates and waiting times were −0.2 and −0.04. Providers facing more rivals had demand that was more elastic with respect to quality and waiting times. Patients from rural areas have smaller disutility from distance.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Moscelli, Giuseppeg.moscelli@surrey.ac.uk
Siciliani, L
Gutacker, N
Gravelle, H
Date : 7 July 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2016.07.001
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Uncontrolled Keywords : Hospital Choice Quality Waiting times Distance Rurality
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 13 Mar 2018 10:44
Last Modified : 01 Jun 2018 12:24
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845990

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