Efficiency in Northern Ireland hospitals: a non-parametric analysis
McKillop, Donal G.
Glass, J. Colin
Kerr, Christine A.
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Citation:McKillop, Donal G.; Glass, J. Colin; Kerr, Christine A.; McCallion, Gillian. 'Efficiency in Northern Ireland hospitals: a non-parametric analysis'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 30, No. 2, April, 1999, pp. 175-196, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
The study examines the technical, scale and size efficiency of acute hospitals in Northern Ireland over the six-year period, 1986-1992. The efficiency estimates are used to investigate whether the empirical evidence supports the subsequent current rationalisation policy for hospital provision in Northern Ireland. Non-parametric analysis is used to measure the efficiency of larger and smaller hospitals relative to best practice. The results cautiously support the current policy of expanding larger hospitals and restructuring/closing smaller hospitals, but also indicate that the expansion of large hospitals may not yield substantial efficiency gains.
Publisher:Economic & Social Research Institute