Birds of a feather flock together: A study of doctor–patient matching
AbstractIn this paper we study individuals’ choice of general practitioners (GPs) utilizing revealed preferences data from the introduction of a regular general practitioner scheme in Norway. Having information on relevant travel distances, we compute decision makers’ travel costs associated with different modes of travel. Choice probabilities are estimated by means of nested logit regression on a representative sample of Oslo inhabitants. The results support the general hypothesis that patients prefer doctors who resemble themselves on observable characteristics. The hypothesis that GP gender has a stronger influence on females’ GP choice than what is the case for males, is rejected.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Health Economics.
Volume (Year): 31 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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GP services; Discrete choice; Willingness-to-pay; Health care demand;
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- Godager, Geir, 2009. "Birds of a Feather Flock Together: A Study of Doctor-Patient Matching," HERO On line Working Paper Series 2009:3, Oslo University, Health Economics Research Programme.
- C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
- C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
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