Conference on the Law and Economics of Health Care

Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze Prague, 26-27 May 2016

Keynote speaker: Michael Frakes, Northwestern University

Modern health care systems struggle to reduce the burden of inappropriate health care. Inappropriate health care services increase expenditures without improving the medical condition of patients. Their main cause is a misalignment between the best interest of physicians/hospitals, the best interest of patients, and the best interest of payers. This misalignment can be exacerbated by at least two elements: reimbursement methods for health care services (i.e., fee-for-service vs. per capita payments), and medical liability regimes (e.g., medical malpractice pressure and fear of litigation). However, these two drivers are rarely analyzed together.
This conference aims at fostering the rigorous empirical investigation of the effects of reimbursements methods and/or liability regimes on hospital policy, patients’ mobility, physicians’ decisions, health care quality, and health care expenditure. Examples of topics that exploit variation in liability regimes or compensation schemes include (but are not limited to) changes in medical liability, insurance schemes for hospitals and physicians, providers’ incentive effects, etc.

Scientific Committee: Vincenzo Atella (Tor Vergata University), Paola Bertoli (Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze), N. Meltem Daysal (University of Southern Denmark), Veronica Grembi (Copenhagen Business School), Bentley MacLeod (Columbia University), Mircea Trafandir (University of Southern Denmark), Ity Shurtz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

Organizers: Paola Bertoli (Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze) and Veronica Grembi (Copenhagen Business School)

The conference will last one day and will be held at the School of Economics in Prague. A maximum of 8 papers will be presented. A discussant will be assigned to each paper, and time will be allotted for open discussion. There are no fees. Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses.

Submission of papers:
Papers for the Symposium will be selected on the basis of full drafts and should be sent in electronic form to no later than11 January 2016.
Decisions will be made by 29 February 2016.
The detailed program will be announced by 13 March 2016.