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Does Physician Dispensing Increase Drug Expenditures?

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  • Boris Kaiser
  • Christian Schmid

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We analyze whether the possibility for physicians to dispense drugs increases health care expenditures due to the incentives created by the markup on drugs sold. Using comprehensive physician-level data from Switzerland, we exploit the fact that there is regional variation in the dispensing regime to estimate policy effects. The empirical strategy consists of doubly-robust estimation which combines inverse-probability weighting with regression. Our main finding suggests that if dispensing is permitted, physicians produce significantly higher drug costs in the order of 30% per patient.

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Paper provided by Universitaet Bern, Departement Volkswirtschaft in its series Diskussionsschriften with number dp1303.

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Handle: RePEc:ube:dpvwib:dp1303

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Keywords: Health Care Costs; Drug Expenditures; Physician Dispensing; Supply-induced Demand; Treatment Effects;

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    by academichealtheconomists in The Academic Health Economists' Blog on 2013-08-31 23:01:38

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