Using DEA to estimate potential savings at GP units at medical specialty level


The aim of this paper is to identify benchmark cost-efficient General Practitioner (GP) units at delivering health care in the Geriatric and General Medicine (GMG) specialty and estimate potential cost savings. The use of a single medical specialty makes it possible to reflect more accurately the medical condition of the List population of the Practice so as to contextualize its expenditure on care for patients. We use Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to estimate the potential for cost savings at GP units and to decompose these savings into those attributable to the reduction of resource use, to altering the mix of resources used and to those attributable to securing better resource 'prices'. The results reveal a considerable potential for savings of varying composition across GP units.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Socio-economic planning science. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Thanassoulis, E, Silva Portela, MCA & Graveney, M, 'Using DEA to estimate potential savings at GP units at medical specialty level' Socio-economic planning science, vol 48, no. 1 (2014) DOI:
Uncontrolled Keywords: DEA,price efficiency,allocative efficiency,cost efficiency,primary health care,Social Sciences(all),Business, Management and Accounting(all),Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
Publication ISSN: 1873-6041
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2024 08:04
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2014 14:20
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Published Date: 2014-03
Published Online Date: 2013-12-19
Authors: Thanassoulis, Emmanuel (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-3769-5374)
Silva Portela, Maria C.A.
Graveney, Mike



Version: Accepted Version

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