Duplicated Hospital Facilities

Paul B. Ginsburg, Daniel M. Koretz, Steven A. Finkler, David Palm, Stephen Frederick, John Sahs, William B. Schwartz, Paul L. Joskow

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To the Editor: Schwartz and Joskow argued in the December 18 issue1 that the successful elimination of duplication in hospital beds and three specialized types of hospital facilities would save little, if anything, beyond the cost of current health-planning activities. Their analysis, however, omits a major source of potential savings. They assumed that demand for the hospital services in question would not be affected by elimination of excess facilities — that is, if one hospital in a community were closed, days of care per capita would not be changed; all that would occur would be the transfer of days of.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)979-980
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 16 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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