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Am Econ J Appl Econ. 2011 Jul;3(3):221-243.

Returns to Local-Area Healthcare Spending: Evidence from Health Shocks to Patients Far From Home.

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MIT Sloan School of Management & NBER.

Abstract

Healthcare spending varies widely across markets, and previous empirical studies find little evidence that higher spending translates into better health outcomes. The main innovation in this paper exploits this cross-sectional variation in hospital spending in a new way by considering patients who are exposed to healthcare systems not designed for them: patients far from home when a health emergency strikes. Visitors to Florida who become ill in high-spending areas have significantly lower mortality rates compared to visitors in lower-spending areas. The results are robust within groups of similar visitors and within groups of destinations that appear to be close demand substitutes-areas that likely attract similar visitors.

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