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Defining hospital markets – an application to the German hospital sector

DOI zum Zitieren dieses Dokuments: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13561-014-0028-0

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Hentschker, Corinna ; Mennicken, Roman ; Schmid, Andreas:
Defining hospital markets – an application to the German hospital sector.
In: Health Economics Review. Vol. 4 (2014) . - p. 28.
ISSN 2191-1991
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13561-014-0028-0

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Abstract

The correct definition of the product market and of the geographic market is a prerequisite for assessing market structures in antitrust cases. For hospital markets, both dimensions are controversially discussed in the literature. Using data for the German hospital market we aim at elaborating the need for differentiating the product market and at investigating the effects of different thresholds for the delineation of the geographic market based on patient flows. Thereby we contribute to the scarce empirical evidence on the structure of the German hospital market. We find that the German hospital sector is highly concentrated, confirming the results of a singular prior study. Furthermore, using a very general product market definition such as “acute in-patient care” averages out severe discrepancies that become visible when concentration is considered on the level of individual diagnoses. In contrast, varying thresholds for the definition of the geographic market has only impact on the level of concentration, while the correlation remains high. Our results underline the need for more empirical research concerning the definition of the product market for hospital services.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Keywords: Hospital market; Concentration; Product market; Geographic market; Germany
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Juniorprofessur Gesundheitsmanagement
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Juniorprofessur Gesundheitsmanagement > Juniorprofessur Gesundheitsmanagement - Juniorprof. Dr. Andreas Schmid
Language: English
Originates at UBT: Yes
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 13:42
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 13:42
URI: https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/2105

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