Using Financial Incentives and Market Mechanisms to Improve Hospitals’ Performance; A Double-edged Sword

Document Type : Letter to Editor


School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK


Even with the improvement of public knowledge about healthcare and health services, the healthcare sector remains an incomplete market due to the complexity of health conditions as well as the adoption of high-tech products and devices in the health sector.1 Aware of such incompleteness, health sector policy-makers play their stewardship role through the so-called control knobs to regulate efficiency, quality, and access as intermediate performance measures2 (see Figure). .... (Read more...)

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