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US and Dutch health care GPOs : a comparative analysis

Brouwer, C.W.J. (2017) US and Dutch health care GPOs : a comparative analysis.

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Abstract:In the US, Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) account for roughly 30% of the total purchasing spend, while Dutch GPOs account for less than 10% of the total purchasing spend. The aim of this Bachelor thesis is to explain the significant differences between Dutch GPOs and US GPOs in the health care sector. This was done by analysing the insourcing/outsourcing decision of HC organizations, the market division of GPOs and the operating mode of GPOs. The main findings were: There is an observed difference between the relative size between the GPO, HC organizations and suppliers, Dutch GPOs operate in an unfavourable position with large hospitals, the largest GPO has no immediate competitor, and there is a lack of collaborative relationships between the GPO and its suppliers. These factors all seem to contribute to an overall lower market penetration. The academic relevance of this thesis mainly regards the finding of relative size differences between GPOs, HC organizations and suppliers. It seems that relatively large HC organizations and suppliers, in comparison with GPOs, have a negative effect on the market penetration of GPOs. This should be further examined.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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