FSU Doctoral Candidate Discusses Alternative to Traditional Hospitals

COLLEGE PARK, MD – February 8, 2011 - Florida State University Economic Department Doctoral Candidate Nitin Dua will present his paper titled “Hospital Safety, Endogenous Entry and Competition by Ambulatory Surgery Centers” at Optimal Solution Group (Optimal) LLC’s Brown Bag Lunchtime Series event at its office on February 9, at 12:00 p.m.

The paper will focus on the emerging trend of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) as a preferred setting for medical care as opposed to traditional hospital settings. Dua’s research examines the potential for ASCs to provide easily accessible medical care and the merits of establishing more of these facilities in the future. He also argues that ASCs provide a safer setting for medical procedures as opposed to some hospitals known for having poor-safety ratings.

Dua’s work stems from his research interests in Industrial Organization, Health Economics, and Labor Economics. He received his Master's degree in Business Economics from University of Delhi, India post which he worked as a quantitative researcher for a UK based multinational corporation.

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