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Subject: How to Run Hospitals Successfully

A study was carried out by McKinsey and the London School of Economics [“Healthcare Management”, The Economist, 23rd Oct, p72] of almost 1200 hospital in seven rich countries [USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and Canada] to find out how the best hospitals always outperform the rest.

The researchers [Steven Dorgan and John Van Reenen] found 5 common characteristics:

1. competition where hotel managers could name more than 10 hospitals they competed with ferociously,

2. those with more than 1500 staff outperformed those that had 500 staff who in turn outperformed those that had 100 staff,

3. private ownership

4. hospital Managers with clinical degrees

5. hospitals that ranked best on a standardised measure of medical...

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