AbstractThis paper estimates demand variability in two rural hospitals in Greece. Three effects are tested: the weekend, the summer holiday and the official holiday. The dependent variable is the daily number of total hospital admissions during 2001-2005. We use the method of Ordinary Least Square. Both hospitals present lower total admissions during official holidays. The seasonal variations are more visible in Trikala, than those in Sparta. For Sparta, the impact is statistically insignificant, while for Trikala is both positive and statistically significant. Weekly seasonal effects can also be observed. For both hospitals, daily total admissions decline on weekends compared to the week days. Hospital managers could be based on that result in order to make as accurate as possible decisions about the staff, supplies and beds needed.
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