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How do administrative borders affect accessibility to hospitals? The case of Sweden
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Microdata Analysis.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2317-9157
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Microdata Analysis.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4871-833X
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Computer Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1015-8015
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Health Planning and Management, ISSN 0749-6753, E-ISSN 1099-1751, Vol. 33, no 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An administrative border might hinder the optimal allocation of a given set of resources by restricting the flow of goods, services, and people. In this paper, we address the question: Do administrative borders lead to poor accessibility to public service? In answering the question, we have examined the case of Sweden and its regional administrative borders and hospital accessibility. We have used detailed data on the Swedish road network, its hospitals, and its geo-coded population. We have assessed the population's spatial accessibility to Swedish hospitals by computing the inhabitants' distance to the nearest hospital. We have also elaborated several scenarios ranging from strongly confining regional borders to no confinements of borders and recomputed the accessibility. Our findings imply that administrative borders are only marginally worsening the accessibility.

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2018. Vol. 33, no 3
Keywords [en]
administrative barriers, optimal location, population dynamics, public service, travel time
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Probability Theory and Statistics
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Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-27519DOI: 10.1002/hpm.2520ISI: 000442224700014PubMedID: 29667273Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85045844366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-27519DiVA, id: diva2:1200327
Available from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-09-24Bibliographically approved

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