The impact of hospital market structure on patient volume, average length of stay, and the cost of care.

@article{Robinson1985TheIO,
  title={The impact of hospital market structure on patient volume, average length of stay, and the cost of care.},
  author={James C. Robinson and Harold S. Luft},
  journal={Journal of health economics},
  year={1985},
  volume={4 4},
  pages={333-56}
}
A variety of recent proposals rely heavily on market forces as a means of controlling hospital cost inflation. Sceptics argue, however, that increased competition might lead to cost-increasing acquisitions of specialized clinical services and other forms of non-price competition as means of attracting physicians and patients. Using data from hospitals in 1972 we analyzed the impact of market structure on average hospital costs, measured in terms of both cost per patient and cost per patient day… CONTINUE READING

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