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Using artefactual field and lab experiments to investigate how fee-for-service and capitation affect medical service provision

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  • Brosig-Koch, Jeannette
  • Hennig-Schmidt, Heike
  • Kairies-Schwarz, Nadja
  • Wiesen, Daniel

We analyze how physicians, medical students, and non-medical students respond to financial incentives from fee-for-service and capitation. We employ a series of artefactual field and conventional lab experiments framed in a physician decision-making context. Physicians, participating in the field, and medical and non-medical students, participating in lab experiments, respond to the incentives in a consistent way: Significantly more medical services are provided under fee-for-service compared to capitation. The intensity by which subjects respond to incentives, however, differs by subject pool. Our findings are robust regarding subjects’ gender, age, and personality traits.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 131 (2016)
Issue (Month): PB ()
Pages: 17-23

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:131:y:2016:i:pb:p:17-23
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2015.04.011
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