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The Role of Physicians in the Production of Hospital Output

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  • Mark Pauly
  • Mark A. Satterthwaite
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    The purpose of this paper is to present estimates of production functions for hospitals in which a measure of the level of physician input is utilized. Since no data on the total number of hours worked by non-salaried physicians is available for a large sample of U.S. hospitals, alternative measures of physician input had to be constructed. As these measures are somewhat imperfect, the results I obtain should be considered tentative and preliminary.

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    Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 0073.

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    Date of creation: Feb 1975
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    Publication status: published as (Published as "The Pricing of Primary Care Physicians' Services: A Test ofthe Role of Consumer Information") BELLJ, Vol. 12, no. 2 (1981): 488-506.
    Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:0073

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    1. Pauly, Mark V & Redisch, Michael, 1973. "The Not-For-Profit Hospital as a Physicians' Cooperative," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 63(1), pages 87-99, March.
    2. Feldstein, Martin S, 1971. "Hospital Cost Inflation: A Study of Nonprofit Price Dynamics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 61(5), pages 853-72, December.
    3. Reinhardt, U, 1972. "A Product Function for Physician Services," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 54(1), pages 55-66, February.
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