Project


Regional variation in access to emergency hospital care

A large number of hospitals and hospital departments across Germany have been closed in recent years or are in danger of closing. These closures may have a negative impact on regional access to emergency hospital care.

This project assesses the consequences of regional variation in access to emergency hospital care in Germany. We analyse whether longer travel time for selected emergency hospital services is associated with higher mortality. Emphasis is put on the impact of hospital closures.

The results of this project will be of high relevance for health policy, especially in regions experiencing population decline, as these are likely to be particularly affected by hospital closures. The results will also contribute to the existing literature by providing new evidence on the extent and consequences of regional variation in access to emergency hospital care in Germany and by complementing the international literature on the impact of hospital closures on access to hospital care.

Researcher in charge
Ansgar Wübker

Ansgar Wübker

Speaker


+49 (201) 8149 242

Researcher

Ieva Sriubaite

Ieva Sriubaite

Doctoral Student


+49 (201) 183 6325