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We analyse the determinants of influenza vaccination take-up of Europeans above the age of 50 years using the first two waves of the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement (SHARE). Using quality-of-care indicators, special emphasis is put on the measurement and the impact of physician quality. We find that age, health status, lifestyle, labour-force(More)
There are huge regional variations in the utilisation of hospital services in Germany. In 2007 and 2008 the states of Hamburg and Baden-Württemberg had on average just under 38 % fewer hospitalisations per capita than Saxony-Anhalt. We use data from the DRG statistics aggregated at the county level in combination with numerous other data sources (e.g. INKAR(More)
This paper investigates the cost and profit efficiency of German hospitals and their variation with ownership type. It is motivated by the empirical finding that private (for-profit) hospitals - having been shown to be less cost efficient in the past - on average earn higher profits than public hospitals. We conduct a Stochastic Frontier Analysis on a(More)
We theoretically and empirically disentangle various eects of two cuts in the statutory sick pay levels in Germany on long-term absenteeism. The reforms have not led to signicant changes in the average incidence rate and duration of sick leave periods longer than six weeks. The nding is theoretically conrmed assuming that the long-term sick are seriously(More)
This study analyses the effect of a change in the remuneration system for physicians on the treatment lengths as measured by the number of doctor visits using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel over the period 1995-2002. Specifically, I analyse the introduction of a remuneration cap (so called practice budgets) for physicians who treat publicly(More)
Health care expenditure in Germany shows clear regional differences. Such geographic variations are often seen as an indicator for inefficiency. With its homogeneous health care system, low co-payments and uniform prices, Germany is a particularly suited example to analyse regional variations. We use data for the year 2011 on expenditure, utilization of(More)
In the period from March 1, 1987 until October 31, 1988, 873 seamen were examined on HIV and questioned on their state of knowledge on AIDS. A questionnaire with 7 questions on AIDS and 6 important features of the seamen was statistically evaluated. This evaluation showed the following results: 22% of all persons questioned had already had venereal(More)
In this paper, we present estimates of the effect of informal care provision on female caregivers' health. We use data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and assess effects up to seven years after care provision. The results suggest that there is a considerable negative short-term effect of informal care provision on mental health which fades out over(More)
We used an administrative dataset covering approximately 90% of all Germans to investigate the determinants of regional differences in the utilisation of ambulatory services in the year 2008. There are great regional differences in Germany, in GP, specialist and psychotherapist consultations. By means of a regression model taking account of the spatial(More)
The phenomenon of overindebted private households has created economic and political concern, also in Germany. Using measures of relative (over-) indebtedness which relate household income and debt services to different concepts of subsistence level, this paper investigates the question whether severe household indebtedness is mainly driven by trigger(More)