Matilde Pinto Machado, Antonio Romero-Medina, 09 June 2008

Assessing the quality of health care providers is a priority of many governments, state agencies, insurance companies and often patients as well. The authors of CEPR DP6850 propose using the choices of medical school graduates over hospital training vacancies to measure hospital quality.

Dana Goldman , John Romley, 21 March 2008

In choosing their hospital, patients are concerned with both quality of care and amenities such as comfortable rooms. This column summarises recent research showing that patients value amenities and more productive hospitals compete for patients by supplying higher quality. We need to assess the value of amenities in relation to other hospital benefits, since improving amenities is more costly than improving care.

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