Auteri, Monica and Maruotti, Antonello
Modelling waiting times in the Italian national health service
Applied Economics Letters, 19, (5), . (doi:10.1080/13504851.2011.583210).
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Understanding health-care utilization is important to design efficient and effective health-care systems. Towards this end, we propose a relatively simple and intuitively appealing microeconometric framework based on a two-part model to investigate the determinants that increase the probability and the length of waiting for a health-care service provision. This article attempts to accommodate all data features in one model focusing on overdispersion in the data due to unobserved heterogeneity and zero-inflation, with an application to the Italian National Health System.
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