Greater choice and competition in healthcare is a popular reform model. This column discusses recent research suggesting that once restrictions on choice in the UK’s NHS were lifted, patients receiving cardiac surgery became more responsive to the quality of their care. This saved lives and gave hospitals a greater incentive to improve quality.
Marty Gaynor, Carol Propper, Stephan Seiler, Sunday, January 13, 2013
Carol Propper, John Van Reenen, Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Centrally determined pay for public sector workers like NHS nurses acts as a maximum wage in some labour markets. Here is a summary of a new study arguing that the resulting hiring difficulties are causing patient deaths.