Hospital behavior under competition and cost-containment policies. The California experience, 1980 to 1985.

@article{Melnick1988HospitalBU,
  title={Hospital behavior under competition and cost-containment policies. The California experience, 1980 to 1985.},
  author={Glenn A. Melnick and Jack Zwanziger},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1988},
  volume={260 18},
  pages={2669-75}
}
Previous studies of hospital competition have found that greater competition leads to higher hospital costs. We describe herein the change in behavior of California's hospitals since the introduction of competitive and cost-containment programs. To examine the impact of California's pro-competition policies on hospital performance, we grouped the state's short-term hospitals according to the level of competition within their markets. From 1983 through 1985, total inpatient costs (inflation… CONTINUE READING