The marginal benefit of inpatient hospital treatment /

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Author / Creator:Petek, Nathan Michael, author.
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2016
Description:1 electronic resource (143 pages)
Format: E-Resource Dissertations
Local Note:School code: 0330
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Other authors / contributors:University of Chicago. degree granting institution.
Notes:Advisors: Matthew Gentzkow Committee members: Neale Mahoney; Devin G. Pope; Chad Syverson.
Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 77-12(E), Section: A.
Summary:The marginal benefit of health care determines the extent to which policies that change health care consumption affect health. I use variation in access to hospitals caused by nearly 1,300 hospital entries and exits to estimate the marginal benefit of inpatient care. I show that hospital entries and exits cause sharp changes in the quantity of inpatient care, but there is no evidence of an effect on average mortality with tight confidence intervals. I find suggestive evidence of an effect on mortality in rural areas and for the over-65 population with magnitudes that imply the marginal benefit of inpatient care is higher for these populations than for the average patient.