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Does the National Health Service Corps Improve Physician Supply in Underserved Locations?

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  • George M. Holmes

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    (Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a large federal program aimed at improving health care access in underserved locations. Prior evaluations have found that Corps enrollees have a higher probability of leaving the initial practice location than non-enrollees. The paper addresses two potential problems with these evaluations. We extend the classic measure of NHSC success, remaining in the initial location, to control for self-selection into the program. Second, the paper employs a broader metric for measuring the success of the Corps. If Corps participants practice in an underserved area, then the program has increased the access to primary health care.

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Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 30 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (Fall)
Pages: 563-581

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Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:30:y:2004:i:4:p:563-581

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  1. Till Bärnighausen & David E. Bloom, 2008. "Financial incentives for return of service in underserved areas: a systematic review," PGDA Working Papers 3608, Program on the Global Demography of Aging.
  2. Till Bärnighausen & David E. Bloom, 2008. "Designing financial-incentive programmes for return of medical service in underserved areas of sub-Saharan Africa," PGDA Working Papers 3708, Program on the Global Demography of Aging.

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