Causes of regional variation in Dutch healthcare expenditures: Evidence from movers

Ana Moura, Martin Salm*, Rudy Douven, Minke Remmerswaal

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Abstract

We assess the relative importance of demand and supply factors as determinants of regional variation in healthcare expenditures in the Netherlands. Our empirical approach follows individuals who migrate between regions. We use individual data on annual healthcare expenditures for the entire Dutch population between the years 2006 and 2013. Regional variation in healthcare expenditures is mostly driven by demand factors, with an estimated share of around 70%. The relative importance of different causes varies with the groups of regions being compared.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1088-1098
JournalHealth Economics
Volume28
Issue number9
Early online dateAug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

Keywords

  • healthcare expenditures
  • regional variation
  • the Netherlands
  • movers

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