Health care in the CIS countries

Pilyavsky, Anatoly; Staat, Matthias
September 2006
European Journal of Health Economics;Sep2006, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p185
Academic Journal
The study analyses the technical efficiency of community hospitals in Ukraine during 1997–2001. Hospital cost amount to two-thirds of Ukrainian spending on health care. Data are available on the number of beds, physicians and nurses employed, surgical procedures performed, and admissions and patient days. We employ data envelopment analysis to calculate the efficiency of hospitals and to assess productivity changes over time. The scores calculated with an output-oriented model assuming constant returns to scale range from 150% to 110%. Average relative inefficiency of the hospitals is initially above 30% and later drops to 15% or below. The average productivity change is positive but below 1%; a Malmquist index decomposition reveals that negative technological progress is overcompensated by positive catching-up.


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