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Arztdichte und Inanspruchnahme ärztlicher Leistungen in Deutschland: Eine empirische Untersuchung der These von der angebotsinduzierten Nachfrage nach ambulanten Arztleistungen


  • Thomas Kopetsch


In this article, the author describes an empirical study, using a cross-section analysis, of the utilisation of the ambulatory medical services offered by office-based specialists in small areas with varying densities of doctors. The aim of the study is to determine whether there are any indications of supply-induced demand for the services of office-based doctors, a phenomenon described in the literature. Alternative explanations for this phenomenon, in which an increase in doctor density is accompanied by an expansion in per capita services, are also critically examined.

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  • Thomas Kopetsch, 2007. "Arztdichte und Inanspruchnahme ärztlicher Leistungen in Deutschland: Eine empirische Untersuchung der These von der angebotsinduzierten Nachfrage nach ambulanten Arztleistungen," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 127(3), pages 373-405.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqsjb:v127_y2007_i3_q3_p373-405

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    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis


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