Defining hospital markets for antitrust enforcement: new approaches and their applicability to The Netherlands.

@article{Varkevisser2008DefiningHM,
  title={Defining hospital markets for antitrust enforcement: new approaches and their applicability to The Netherlands.},
  author={Marco Varkevisser and Cory S. Capps and Frederik T. Schut},
  journal={Health economics, policy, and law},
  year={2008},
  volume={3 Pt 1},
  pages={7-29}
}
Effective antitrust enforcement is of crucial importance for countries with a market-based health care system in which hospitals are expected to compete. Assessing hospital market power--a central issue to competition policy--is, however, complicated because the presence of third party payers and the general unobservability of prices make it difficult to apply the standard methods of market definition. Alternative, less formal methods historically employed in the hospital industry have proven… CONTINUE READING
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