Causes of regional variation in Dutch healthcare expenditures: Evidence from movers

Ana Moura, Martin Salm*, Rudy Douven, Minke Remmerswaal

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We assess the relative importance of demand and supply factors as determinants of regional variation in healthcare expenditures in the Netherlands. Our empirical approach follows individuals who migrate between regions. We use individual data on annual healthcare expenditures for the entire Dutch population between the years 2006 and 2013. Regional variation in healthcare expenditures is mostly driven by demand factors, with an estimated share of around 70%. The relative importance of different causes varies with the groups of regions being compared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1088-1098
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Economics (United Kingdom)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2019

Bibliographical note

We thank Pilar Garc?a-G?mez, Leida M. Lamers, Maarten Lindeboom, Silvana Robone, and seminar participants at Tilburg University, the CPB, the 4th EuHEA PhD Student-Supervisor Conference in Lausanne, the 15th Portuguese Health Economics Conference in Coimbra, the LolaHESG in Hoenderloo, and the 12th European Conference on Health Economics in Maastricht for their valuable comments.

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