Hospitals: Teaming Up

Pedro Pita Barros, Pau Olivella

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This article describes the economics literature on the operation of hospitals using a framework based on the notion of "teams". It presents two distinctive features. The first one is the separation of ownership and control in hospitals and the other is to look at hospitals through the lens of teams. It addresses technology issues like output measurement, as well as economies of scale and scope and gives a brief overview of different theories on how the ruling body of the hospital chooses between the different technologically feasible options. It shows that the idea of team interactions can be extended beyond the limits of the hospital in two main areas. It addresses the relationship of hospitals with third-party payers as well as notices that patients arrive at hospital referred there by other agents, namely general practitioners. It further discusses and proposes challenges for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Health Economics
EditorsSherry Glied, Peter C. Smith
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743719
ISBN (Print)9780199238828
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • Future research
  • Hospitals
  • Ownership
  • Team
  • Third-party payers


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