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Efficiency and productivity convergence in health care systems: Evidence from EU member countries

Kasman, Saadet
Kasman, Adnan
Gökalp, Gamze
This paper investigates whether there has been a convergence in technical efficiency and productivity levels of the health care systems of twenty-six EU members and a candidate country over the period 1995-2012. The results of convergence analysis suggest that both β (beta)-convergence and σ (sigma)-convergence in technical efficiency and productivity have occurred among sampled countries. Furthermore, the findings reveal that the dispersion of technical efficiency and productivity scores among sampled countries declined over the sample period. Overall, these results provide evidence in favor of the process of health care systems integration in the EU.