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Relative inefficiencies in production between solo and group practice physicians

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  • Lisa C. DeFelice
  • W. David Bradford

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Health economists have hypothesized for some time that physicians produce medical care in an inefficient manner. Further, whether solo or group practice physicians are relatively more inefficient has been a question of particular interest. Theoretical considerations suggest that solo and group practice physicians face different behavioural and production constraints, implying that they may produce care at different levels of efficiency; which is more efficient is an empirical question. We employed stochastic production frontier estimation to address this issue. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Lisa C. DeFelice & W. David Bradford, 1997. "Relative inefficiencies in production between solo and group practice physicians," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 6(5), pages 455-465, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:6:y:1997:i:5:p:455-465
    DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1050(199709)6:5<455::AID-HEC290>3.0.CO;2-S
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