Do report cards influence hospital choice? The case of kidney transplantation

David H. Howard, Bruce Kaplan

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The national program to report hospital-level outcomes for transplantation has been in place since 1991, yet it has not been addressed in the existing literature on hospital report cards. We study the impact of reported outcomes on demand at kidney transplant centers. Using a negative binomial regression with hospital fixed effects, we estimate the number of patients choosing each center as a function of reported outcomes. Parameters are identified by the within-hospital variation in outcomes over five successive report cards. We find some evidence that report cards influence younger and college-educated patients, but, overall, report cards do not affect demand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-159
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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