Does price competition drive cooperation in health care? A stochastic actor oriented model analysis

Daan Westra, Federica Angeli, Martin Carree, Dirk Ruwaard

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Pro-competitive reforms have been enacted throughout Western healthcare systems despite mixed evidence of their effect. Although healthcare organizations competing under non-price competition have been shown to cooperate using patient transfers, little is known about cooperative strategies of healthcare organizations in price-competitive healthcare markets. This paper investigates a novel and understudied form of inter-hospital cooperation described as potentially hazardous to well-functioning healthcare markets, namely the act of sharing medical specialists between hospitals. In particular, it investigates the influence of price-competition on cooperative hospital strategies. We use a stochastic actor-oriented model to analyze the cooperative dynamics amongst 94 general and academic hospitals in the Netherlands between 2010 and 2015. Our results show that, in a price-competitive healthcare sector, hospitals predominantly cooperate with their direct competitors. However, the ratio of price-competitive to ...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12839
Number of pages1
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
Volume2016
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Hospital cooperation
  • Managed competition
  • Social Network Analysis

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