Do waiting times reduce hospital costs?

Abstract

Using a sample of 137 hospitals over the period 1998-2002 in the English National Health Service, we estimate the elasticity of hospital costs with respect to waiting times. Our cross-sectional and panel-data results suggest that at the sample mean (103 days), waiting times have no significant effect on hospitals' costs or, at most, a positive one. If… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2009.04.002

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