In this study, aggregate-level panel data from 20 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries overthree decades (1980-2009) were used to investigate the impact of hospital payment reforms on healthcare output and mor-tality. Hospital payment schemes were classified asfixed-budget (i.e. not directly based on activities), fee-for-service (FFS)or patient-based payment (PBP) schemes. The data were analysed using a difference-in-difference model that allows for astructural change in outcomes due to payment reform. The results suggest that FFS schemes increase the growth rate ofhealthcare output, whereas PBP schemes positively affect life expectancy at age 65 years. However, these results shouldbe interpreted with caution, as results are sensitive to model specification.

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Wubulihasimu, P., Brouwer, W., & van Baal, P. (2015). The Impact of Hospital Payment Schemes on Healthcare and Mortality: Evidence from Hospital Payment Reforms in OECD Countries. Health Economics, 2015(April (accepted)), 1–15. doi:10.1002/hec.3205