Hospital Financing in Spain: Incentives and Equity
In times of increasing economic restrictions on health services, the developed countries have adopted, in recent years, a wide range of measures oriented towards the containment of hospital expenditure, the most important fraction of health expenditure. Many authors have discussed the various hospital finance systems, showing the advantages and inconveniences and positive and/or negative incentives of each that require systems of control. However, it seems generally accepted that there is a close relationship between costs incurred by a hospital, and the type and volume of patients which it treats (case mix).
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