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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Regional quantity, productivity and efficiency measures of the Swiss health care system
Authors: Schleiniger, Reto
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-3948
Published in: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics
Volume(Issue): 144
Issue: 3
Page(s): 459
Pages to: 476
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
ISSN: 2235-6282
Language: English
Subjects: Gesundheitswesen; Mengenindex; Health care; Price and quantity indices; Produktivität; Productivity and efficiency measure
Subject (DDC): 362: Health and social services
Abstract: In Switzerland, there are substantial cantonal differences in per capita cost of the mandatory health care system. The present paper breaks these differences down into price and quantity effects revealing both, a large quantity and a somewhat smaller price variance across cantons. As a statistical fact, a positive correlation of price and quantity index results. Dividing the inferred quantity output index by a corresponding input index yields a measure of total factor productivity. While the canton of Zurich exhibits the highest productivity, the measures in Geneva, Neuchâtel, Berne and Vaud are far below average. Finally, a data envelopment analysis of hospital services shows little evidence for variable returns to scale implying that low productivities are, for the most part, due to pure technological slacks.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Economic Policy (FWP)
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