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Table 3 The number of competitive action type adopted by hospitals

From: Identifying competitive strategies to improve the performance of hospitals in a competitive environment

The number of competitive action Medical centers Medical centers
3 years accumulation
Regional hospitals Regional hospitals
3 years accumulation
Competitive actions type 2006 2007 2008 2006 2007 2008
Procurement of new medical equipment 7 6 6 19 3 13 22 38
Enhancement of medical quality 21 21 22 64 63 72 71 206
Merger and acquisition 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3
Development of featured medical service 17 17 21 55 41 48 61 150
Development of innovative medical service 30 32 38 100 51 87 100 238
Expansion of service areas 5 5 7 17 9 10 13 32
Development of medical items upon customers’ expenditure 36 37 40 113 78 92 105 275
Service improvement/enhancement 55 58 59 172 182 219 223 624
Change of organizational structure 5 5 5 15 14 14 16 44
Participation in community service 17 17 17 51 57 67 69 193
Alliance 0 0 0 0 30 33 36 99
Acquisition of fair payment of medical cost 20 20 20 60 58 65 70 193
Share of financial responsibility 7 7 6 20 19 19 21 59
Different industry cooperation 4 4 8 16 11 18 34 63
Change of cost structure 32 32 32 96 59 64 83 206
Delegation affairs unrelated to NHI 42 42 42 126 100 127 127 354
Medical business outsourcing 4 4 4 12 12 13 14 39
Price cutting/promotion 16 20 21 57 40 59 68 167
Non-medical business outsourcing 17 16 17 50 52 59 60 171
Same industry cooperation 38 38 38 114 101 119 122 342
Bargaining of procurement 20 20 21 61 63 68 68 199
Total 393 401 424 1218 1044 1266 1385 3695