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Busy physicians

  • Grytten, Jostein
  • Sørensen, Rune
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    Numerous researchers have explored whether general practitioners compensate for a shortage of patients by providing more items of treatment. Empirical testing of this hypothesis often lacks a valid measure of the relevant patient population. In the Norwegian case, researchers have exploited the fact that most patients are registered on a patient list of one general practitioner. However, a significant number of patients move between physicians. We show that physicians with a deficit of patients on the list attract more external patients than those with a surplus of patients on the list. In contrast with previous research, we find no evidence of revenue compensation when consultations with external patients are taken into account.

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    Volume (Year): 27 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 510-518

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:27:y:2008:i:2:p:510-518
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