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Publishing at USI

With the view of endowing the publications issued by the Lugano faculties of the Università della Svizzera Italiana with a ISBN, a group C publisher code was purchased from the appointed agency, with a substantial block of prefixed ISBNs.

The ISBN is a unique numeric book identifier. Università della Svizzera italiana features as the publisher, since this is the corporate name.

Anyone interested, please contact Alessio Tutino.

More detailed information is contained in the document: ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and the publications issued by the Università della Svizzera italiana


Research Papers in Economics - RePEc


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Author-Name: Medhi Farsi
Author-X-Name-First: Mehdi
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Author-Workplace-Name: Department of Management, Technology and Economics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Author-Name: Massimo Filippini
Author-X-Name-First: Massimo
Author-X-Name-Last: Filippini
Author-Workplace-Name: Istituto microeconomia e economia pubblica (MecoP), Facoltà di scienze economiche, Università della Svizzera italiana, Svizzera
Title: Effects of ownership, subsidization and teaching activities on hospital costs in Switzerland
Abstract: This paper explores the cost structure of Swiss hospitals, focusing on differences due to teaching activities and those across different ownership and subsidization types. A stochastic total cost frontier with a Cobb-Douglas functional form has been estimated for a panel of 150 general hospitals over the six-year period from 1998 and 2003. Inpatient cases adjusted by DRG cost weights and ambulatory revenues are considered as two separate outputs. The adopted econometric specification allows for unobserved heterogeneity across hospitals. The results indicate that the time-invariant unobserved factors could account for considerable cost  differences that could be only partly due to inefficiency. The results suggest that teaching activities are an important cost driving factor and hospitals that have a broader range of specialization are relatively more costly. The excess costs of university hospitals can be explained by more extensive teaching activities as well as the relatively high quality of medical units. However, even after controlling for such differences university hospitals have shown a relatively low cost-efficiency especially in the first two or three years of the sample period. The analysis does not provide any evidence of significant efficiency differences across ownership and subsidization categories.
Length: 34 pages
Creation-Date: 2006-07
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Keywords: general hospitals, teaching hospitals, stochastic frontier, cost efficiency
Handle: RePEc:lug:wpaper:0606