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The Effect of Competition on the Supply of Specialized Substance Abuse Treatment Services in the US

Journal: AIMS International Journal of Management (Vol.6, No. 3)

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Page : 213-230

Keywords : Drug Treatment; Specialized Services; Supply; Competition; Behavioral Health; Hierarchical Linear Models;

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This paper examines the effect of competition on the supply of specialized substance abuse treatment services (SPESER) in the US. Cross-sectional data on 7,368 substance abuse providers across 359 metropolitan areas were used in the analyses. The results showed that competition increases the supply of SPESER by about 10%. However, when data were analyzed using hierarchical linear models (HLM), competition only increases the supply of SPESER by 5%. Moreover, when characteristics of the provider were included, competition was no longer statistically significant. These results suggest that policymakers should not always expect that competition will increase supply of services.

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