Are single speciality hospitals efficient?

I have written in the past about the recent popularity of single specialty hospitals (see “Focused Factories” and “…Specialty Hospitals” posts).  A paper by Kathleen Carey investigates whether or not single specialty hospitals are more efficient than traditional mutli-specialty hospitals.  The study finds the following:

  • Overall, single speciality hospitals (SSH) are not more cost efficient than competing, full-service, acute care hospitals.
  • There was not a significant difference between cardiac SSH and full-service hospital cost inefficiency.
  • There was a significant difference between orthopedic/surgical SSH and ful-service hospital cost inefficiency.

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