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Título: Economies of scale and scope in the provision of diagnostic techniques and therapeutic services in Portuguese hospitals
Autor: Gonçalves, Ricardo
Barros, Pedro
Palavras-chave: Translog cost function
Economies of scale
Economies of scope
Clinical services
Hospitals
Data: 2013
Editora: Taylors & Francis
Citação: GONÇALES, Ricardo; BARROS, Pedro - Economies of scale and scope in the provision of diagnostic techniques and therapeutic services in Portuguese hospitals. Applied Economics. ISSN 0003–6846. Vol. 45 (2013), p. 415–433
Resumo: This article analyses the provision of auxiliary clinical services that are typically carried out within the hospital. We estimate a flexible cost function for three of the most important (cost-wise) diagnostic techniques and therapeutic services in Portuguese hospitals: Clinical Pathology, Medical Imaging, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Our objective in carrying out this estimation is the evaluation of economies of scale and scope in the provision of these services. For all services, we find evidence of economies of scale and some evidence of economies of scope. We also find evidence of diminishing returns to management, whereby larger hospitals appear to have surpassed their optimal size. These results have important policy implications and can be related to the ongoing discussion of where and how should hospitals provide these services.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.14/10534
Aparece nas colecções:FEG - Artigos em revistas internacionais com Arbitragem / Papers in international journals with Peer-review

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