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Hospital Capacity, Waiting Times and Sick Leave Duration - an Empirical Analysis of a Norwegian Health Policy Reform

Aakvik, Arild; Holmås, Tor Helge; Kjerstad, Egil;
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  • Published: 15 Aug 2012
Abstract
A health policy reform aiming to reduce hospital waiting times and sickness absences, the Faster Return to Work (FRW) scheme, is evaluated by creating treatment and control groups to facilitate causal interpretations of the empirical results. We use a unique dataset on individuals where we match hospital data with social security data and socio-economic characteristics. The main idea behind the reform is that long waiting times for hospital treatment lead to unnecessarily long periods of sick leave. We find that the waiting period for treatment or consultation for FRW patients is 12–15 days shorter than for people on sick leave on the regular waiting list. This ...
Subjects
free text keywords: waiting times; length of sick leave; policy reform and econometric evaluation, jel:C21, jel:H51, jel:I12

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