EXPENDITURES OF THE NATIONAL HEALTH FUND ON HOSPITAL SERVICES AND THE EFFICIENCY OF HOSPITALS IN POLISH VOIVODESHIPS
Agnieszka Strzelecka, Sylwia Nieszporska
Pages: 465-477 Published: 21 Aug 2015
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Abstract: Effective use of public funds for health services is essential for functioning medical entities. The main aim of this paper is to carry out regional statistical analysis of the National Health Fund outlays for hospital services in Poland. The study attempts to determine the short-term trend for the voivodeships and dependence of expenses of the National Health Fund on the technical efficiency of hospitals or its determinants such as the number of bed-days or the number of inpatients in hospitals. The study was conducted for the Polish voivodeships on annual data for the years 2004-2012. Data come from the National Health Fund and the Central Statistical Office. The cross-section-time data were used to show trend and dependence.
Keywords: medical entities, the national health fund outlays for hospital services, short-term trend, technical efficiency of hospitals, space-time analysis