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Physician Density in a Two-Tiered Health Care System

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  • Gächter, Martin

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    (Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck)

  • Schwazer, Peter

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    (Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck)

  • Theurl, Engelbert

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    (Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck)

  • Winner, Hannes

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    (University of Salzburg)

Abstract

We investigate the density of private physicians in a two-tiered health care system, i.e., one with co-existing public and private health care providers. In particular, we analyze how the densities of private and public suppliers of outpatient health care (general practitioners and specialists) are related to each other. Using a panel of 121 Austrian districts between 2002 and 2008, we find that the density of private specialists is positively associated with the density of private general practitioners, but negatively related to the density of public general practitioners. We also observe a negative relationship between the densities of private and public general practitioners and the ones of private and public specialists, indicating competitive forces between the private and the public sector of the outpatient health care provision in Austria.

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Paper provided by University of Salzburg in its series Working Papers in Economics and Finance with number 2011-5.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 31 Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ris:sbgwpe:2011_005

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  1. Gächter, Martin & Schwazer, Peter & Theurl, Engelbert & Winner, Hannes, 2012. "Regional density of private dentists: Empirical evidence from Austria," Working Papers in Economics and Finance 2012-8, University of Salzburg.
  2. Martin Gaechter & Peter Schwazer & Engelbert Theurl, 2013. "Entry into the Physicians’ Market: Empirical Evidence from the Outpatient Sector in Austria," DANUBE: Law and Economics Review, European Association Comenius - EACO, issue 4, pages 245-260, December.

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