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Patient reactions to hospital choice in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research.
2007 (English)In: Health Economics, Policy and Law, ISSN 1744-1331, E-ISSN 1744-134X, Vol. 2, 125-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is a comparative study of three Scandinavian countries –Norway, Denmark, and Sweden – all of which have provided the individualpatient with extensive rights to choose the hospital where he/she wishes toreceive treatment. In the paper, we present an analysis of the utilization of theopportunity to choose between hospitals in these three countries. The analysisaddresses two questions: (i) How many patients are exercising the right tochoose between hospitals in these countries and who is making use of thisopportunity? (ii) How can we explain the observed utilization pattern? Theresults of the study reveal clear similarities between the three countries andsuggest that few patients have actually chosen their hospital. However, a gradualincrease can be observed over the years. Few formal, legislative, or economicbarriers exist for patients. Instead, limited knowledge amongst patientsregarding reforms, combined with insufficient support from GPs and limitedinformation, can explain why few patients choose to receive care outside of theirlocal region.

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2007. Vol. 2, 125-152 p.
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Choice Behavior, Databases as Topic, Hospitals; Public, Humans, Motivation, National Health Programs, Patient Participation/*utilization, Patient Satisfaction, Physicians; Family, Registries, Scandinavia, State Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-17817DOI: 10.1017/S174413310700401XISI: 000208039300002PubMedID: 18634659OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-17817DiVA: diva2:45588
Available from: 2008-09-01 Created: 2008-09-01 Last updated: 2015-08-18Bibliographically approved

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