Does quality influence choice of general practitioner? An analysis of matched doctor-patient panel data
AbstractThe impact of quality on the demand facing health care providers has important implications for the industrial organization of health care markets. In this paper we study the consumers' choice of general practitioner (GP), assuming they are unable to observe the true quality of GP services. A panel data set for 484 Norwegian GPs, with summary information on their patient stocks, renders the opportunity to identify and measure the impact of GP quality on the demand, accounting for patient health heterogeneity. We apply a multi-equation model in the LISREL format, with GP quality and patient health as latent determinants of demand for GP services. Patient excess mortality rate at the GP level is one indicator of quality. Our results indicate that GP quality has a clear positive effect on demand, even when patient heterogeneity is accounted for.
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Volume (Year): 27 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
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GP services Health care quality Health care demand Latent variables LISREL model Panel data Norway;
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- Biørn, Erik & Godager, Geir, 2009. "Does quality influence choice of general practitioner? An analysis of matched doctor-patient panel data," HERO On line Working Paper Series 2008:3, Oslo University, Health Economics Research Programme.
- Biorn, Erik & Godager, Geir, 2008. "Does quality influence choice of general practitioner? An analysis of matched doctor-patient panel data," MPRA Paper 8793, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
- H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
- C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Longitudinal Data; Spatial Time Series
- H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
- C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
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