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The measurement of hospital efficiency

McGuire, Alistair (1987) The measurement of hospital efficiency. Social Science & Medicine, 24 (9). pp. 719-724. ISSN 0277-9536

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Identification Number: 10.1016/0277-9536(87)90108-0


The measurement of efficiency in the hospital sector is particularly difficult given that there is no universally recognised objective function. A generalised neo-classical approach is adopted in specifying a hospital objective function which acknowledges the importance of transaction costs and property right holdings in this sector. It is shown that such an approach may be used to distinguish between technical and allocative efficiency, thereby aiding interpretation of the stochastic element contained in production models. Quantification of allocative inefficiency is also undertaken.

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Additional Information: © 1987 Elsevier Science Ltd
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2009 16:49
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:29

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