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The relationship between costs and quality in nonprofit nursing homes

Di Giorgio, Laura ; Filippini, Massimo ; Masiero, Giuliano

We investigate the relationship between costs and quality in nonprofit nursing homes, a key issue in the present context of cost containment measures. In accordance with the economic theory of production, we estimate a three-inputs total cost function for nursing home services using data from 45 nursing homes in Switzerland between 2006 and 2010. Quality is measured by means of clinical...

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Implications of global budget payment system on nursing home costs

Di Giorgio, Laura ; Filippini, Massimo ; Masiero, Giuliano

In: Health policy, 2014, vol. 115, no. 2-3, p. 237–248

Nursing homes; prospective payment; quality of care; policy change

Università della Svizzera italiana

An empirical analysis of habit and addiction to antibiotics

Filippini, Massimo ; Masiero, Giuliano

In: Empirical economics, 2012, vol. 42, no. 2, p. 471-486

Because of bacterial resistance, current antibiotic consumption is reinforced by past use, and future utility is lower. The purpose of this article is to provide evidence on habit and addictive behavior toward antibiotics by exploring variations in the average consumption of antibiotics across 20 Italian regions. Using a balanced panel data set (2000–2009), we estimate myopic and rational...

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Socioeconomic determinants of regional differences in outpatient antibiotic consumption : evidence from Switzerland

Filippini, Massimo ; Masiero, Giuliano ; Moschetti, Karine

In: Health Policy, 2006, vol. 78, no. 1, p. 77-92

This paper investigates the determinants of regional variations in outpatient antibiotic consumption using Swiss data. The analysis contributes to the debate on appropriate antibiotic use by improving the understanding of its determinants, and may help to define more effective health care policies to reduce the resistance phenomenon. Findings suggest that Switzerland exhibits relatively low...