Sources of productivity growth in health services: A case study of Queensland public hospitals

Nghiem, Son, Coelli, Tim and Barber, Scott (2011) Sources of productivity growth in health services: A case study of Queensland public hospitals. Economic Analysis and Policy, 41 1: 37-48. doi:10.1016/S0313-5926(11)50003-7

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Author Nghiem, Son
Coelli, Tim
Barber, Scott
Title Sources of productivity growth in health services: A case study of Queensland public hospitals
Journal name Economic Analysis and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0313-5926
Publication date 2011-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0313-5926(11)50003-7
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 41
Issue 1
Start page 37
End page 48
Total pages 12
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Publisher Economic Society of Australia
Language eng
Subject 2002 Economics and Econometrics
Abstract Improving the performance of health sector is one of the most popular issues in Australia. This paper contributes to this important policy debate by examining the efficiency of health facilities in Queensland using the Malmquist Productivity Index (MPI). This method is selected because it is suitable for the multi-input, multi-output, and not-for-profit natures of public health services. In addition, with the availability of panel data we can decompose productivity growth into useful components, including technical efficiency changes, technological changes and scale changes. The results revealed an average of 1.6 per cent of growth in total factor productivity (TFP) among Queensland public hospitals in the study period. The main component contributing to the modest improvement of TFP during the period was catching-up at an average of 1.0 per cent. SFA estimates suggest that the number of nurses is the most influential determinant of output.
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Additional Notes This is a Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) publication

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