Discussion Papers no. 590

Does it matter which hospital you belong to?

Health status after cancer

Survival rates are widely used to compare quality of health care. In this paper we introduce post-illness employment as a supplemental indicator of successful treatment of serious diseases. Utilizing rich register based data on cancer patients we document substantial differences across Norwegian hospital catchment areas with respect to employment five years after diagnosis. Conventional quality indicators based on survival rates indicate smaller differences. The two sets of indicators are only weakly correlated, suggesting that they capture different parts of the quality distribution, and that using only one of them may be insufficient.

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Health status after cancer. Does it matter which hospital you belong to?


Jon Hernes Fiva, Marte Rønning, Torbjørn Hægeland

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Discussion Papers no. 590


Statistics Norway


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