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Cost efficiency in primary care contracting: A stochastic frontier cost function approach
Puig, Jaume; Ortún, Vicente
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
The principal aim of this paper is to estimate a stochastic frontier costfunction and an inefficiency effects model in the analysis of the primaryhealth care services purchased by the public authority and supplied by 180providers in 1996 in Catalonia. The evidence from our sample does not supportthe premise that contracting out has helped improve purchasing costefficiency in primary care. Inefficient purchasing cost was observed in thecomponent of this purchasing cost explicitly included in the contract betweenpurchaser and provider. There are no observable incentives for thecontracted-out primary health care teams to minimise prescription costs, whichare not explicitly included in the present contracting system.
Labour, Public, Development and Health Economics
primary health care
purchasing cost efficiency
frontier models
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