The role of specialized clinical services in competition among hospitals.

  title={The role of specialized clinical services in competition among hospitals.},
  author={Harold S. Luft and James C. Robinson and Deborah W. Garnick and Susan C. Maerki and Stephen J. Mcphee},
  journal={Inquiry : a journal of medical care organization, provision and financing},
  volume={23 1},
Because duplication of services among hospitals can be costly, it is important to understand the circumstances under which duplication occurs among hospitals within a region. In this sample of 3,584 community hospitals surveyed in 1972, we analyzed the impact of competition on the availability of specialized clinical services, with special focus on mammography, emergency services, cobalt therapy, heart surgery, and cardiac catheterization. We found that the presence of nearby institutions and… CONTINUE READING

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