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Exploring differences between private and public prices in the English care homes market

Allan, Stephen, Gousia, Katerina, Forder, Julien (2020) Exploring differences between private and public prices in the English care homes market. Health Economics, Policy and Law, . ISSN 1744-1331. E-ISSN 1744-134X. (doi:10.1017/S1744133120000018) (KAR id:79532)


This work quantitatively assesses the potential reasons behind the difference in prices paid by care home residents in England. Evidence suggests that the price paid by private payers is higher than that paid for publicly-supported residents, and this is often attributed to the market power wielded by local authorities as the dominant purchaser in local markets. Estimations of private prices at local authority level are used to assess the difference in price paid between private and public prices, the fees gap, using data from 2008 to 2010. Controlling for local area and average care home characteristics, the results indicate that both care home and local authority market power play a role in the price determination of the market.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S1744133120000018
Uncontrolled keywords: care homes, private care homes, funding for care
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Stephen Allan
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2020 09:11 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 00:01 UTC
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