Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Health care cost in Switzerland : quantity- or price-driven?
Authors: Schleiniger, Reto
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2014.04.004
Published in: Health Policy
Volume(Issue): 117
Issue: 1
Page(s): 83
Pages to: 89
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISSN: 0168-8510
Language: English
Subjects: Costs and cost analysis; Index calculation; Regression analysis; Costs and cost analysis; Cross-sectional studies; Health expenditure; Health service; Human; Health insurance; Longitudinal study; Regression analysis; Switzerland; Health care cost; Population density
Subject (DDC): 362.1041: Health economics
Abstract: In Switzerland, per capita health care costs vary substantially from canton to canton and rise considerably and steadily from year to year. Since costs are equal to the product of quantities and prices, the question arises whether regional cost variations and cost increase over time are quantity- or price-driven. Depending on the answer, the containment of health care costs must be approached differently. This article examines the cost of mandatory health insurance in Switzerland for the period from 2004 to 2010 and breaks it down into quantity and price effects. The main result of the cross-section analysis reveals that regional cost differences are mainly due to quantity differences. Similarly, the longitudinal analysis shows that the cost increase across all health care services is primarily caused by increasing per capita quantities. Any attempt to contain costs must therefore focus primarily on the extent of medical care utilization, and the key challenge to be met is how to identify medical care services which do not have a positive effect on patients' health status.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Economic Policy (FWP)
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