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The Effects on Waiting Times of Expanding Provider Choice: evidence from a policy experiment

Dawson, D., Gravelle, H., Jacobs, R., Martin, S. and Smith, P.C. (2005) The Effects on Waiting Times of Expanding Provider Choice: evidence from a policy experiment. Research Report. CRD Report (31). Centre for Health Economics , York, UK.

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Long waiting times for inpatient treatment in the UK National Health Service have long been a source of great popular and political concern, and therefore a target for policy initiatives. One such is the London Patient Choice Project, under which patients at risk of breaching inpatient waiting time targets were offered the choice of an alternative hospital with a guaranteed shorter wait. This paper uses a difference in difference econometric methodology to infer the impact of the choice project on ophthalmology waiting times. In line with our theoretical predictions, it finds that the project led to lower average waiting times in the London region and a convergence in waiting times amongst London hospitals.

Item Type: Monograph (Research Report)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 Diane Dawson, Hugh Gravelle, Rowena Jacobs, Stephen Martin, Peter C. Smith. The full text of this report can be viewed free of charge from the Centre for Health Economics web site at: http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/che/pdf/rp1.pdf
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Centre for Health Economics (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2010 17:24
Published Version: http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/che/pdf/rp1.pdf
Status: Published
Publisher: Centre for Health Economics
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: CHE Research Paper 1
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1165

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