A Note on the Relational Aspects of Hospital Market Definitions, Journal of Health Economics
This article analyses patient mobility across Italian regions. A modified gravity model of patient migration is specified and estimated using panel observations covering mobility and other main regional quality indicators over the period 1994-1997. Despite the high level of aggregation due to data constraints, the empirical findings show that in Italy there is wide scope for quality-driven mobility while income determines the quality of the service offered.
David Dranove, Mark Shanley
Dranove, David, and Mark Shanley. 1990. A Note on the Relational Aspects of Hospital Market Definitions. Journal of Health Economics. 8(4): 473-478.