Technical efficiency in the use of health care resources: a comparison of OECD countries.

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Source
Health Policy. 2004 Jul;69(1):55-72
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jul-2004
Author
Donna Retzlaff-Roberts
Cyril F Chang
Rose M Rubin
Author Affiliation
Management Science, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, USA.
Source
Health Policy. 2004 Jul;69(1):55-72
Date
Jul-2004
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Comparative Study
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Developed Countries - economics
Efficiency, Organizational - statistics & numerical data
Health Resources - supply & distribution - utilization
Health Services Research - methods
Health Status Indicators
Humans
Infant
Infant mortality
Infant, Newborn
International Agencies
Life expectancy
Models, Econometric
Quality Assurance, Health Care
Abstract
Our paper analyzes technical efficiency in the production of aggregate health outcomes of reduced infant mortality and increased life expectancy, using Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) health data. Application of data envelopment analysis (DEA) reveals that some countries achieve relative efficiency advantages, including those with good health outcomes (Japan, Sweden, Norway, and Canada) and those with modest health outcomes (Mexico and Turkey). We conclude the USA may learn from countries more economical in their allocation of healthcare resources that more is not necessarily better. Specifically, we find that the USA can substantially reduce inputs while maintaining the current level of life expectancy.
PubMed ID
15484607 View in PubMed
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