Date of Award

12-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Legacy Department

Economics

Advisor

Warren, Patrick

Committee Member

Miller , Daniel

Committee Member

Lewis , Matthew

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to measure and compare several potential differences between for-profit, non-profit, and public hospitals in medical and non-medical cost categories. To do this, costs associated with two medical and two non-medical categories for California short-term general care hospitals were broken down into several subsets in order to better understand exactly how and why each category behaves as it does. The results show significant differences for total costs between for-profits and the other hospital types across the board and a difference for outsourcing decisions between for-profits and the other hospital types for the medical categories but not for the non-medical categories.

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Economics Commons

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