The Effects on Waiting Times of Expanding Provider Choice: evidence from a policy experiment

H. Gravelle, R. Jacobs, S. Martin, D. Dawson, P.C. Smith

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Long waiting times for inpatient treatment in the UK National Health Service have long been a source of great popular and political concern, and therefore a target for policy initiatives. One such is the London Patient Choice Project, under which patients at risk of breaching inpatient waiting time targets were offered the choice of an alternative hospital with a guaranteed shorter wait. This paper uses a difference in difference econometric methodology to infer the impact of the choice project on ophthalmology waiting times. In line with our theoretical predictions, it finds that the project led to lower average waiting times in the London region and a convergence in waiting times amongst London hospitals.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork, UK
PublisherCentre for Health Economics, University of York
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

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NameCHE Research Paper
PublisherCentre for Health Economics, University of York

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© 2005 Diane Dawson, Hugh Gravelle, Rowena Jacobs, Stephen Martin, Peter C. Smith. The full text of this report can be viewed free of charge from the Centre for Health Economics web site at:

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