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Length Of Gp Consultation Within Two Payment Schemes

  • Olivier L'Haridon

    (GRID - Groupe de Recherche sur le risque, l'Information et la Décision - CNRS - ENS Cachan - École normale supérieure - Cachan)

  • Alain Panaponaris

    (Epidémiologie et Sciences Sociales Appliquées à l'Innovation Médicale - INSERM - Université de la Méditerranée - Aix-Marseille 2)

  • Camelia Protopopescu

    (Epidémiologie et Sciences Sociales Appliquées à l'Innovation Médicale - INSERM - Université de la Méditerranée - Aix-Marseille 2, Observatoire Régional de la Santé de Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur - ORS PACA)

  • Bruno Ventelou


    (Epidémiologie et Sciences Sociales Appliquées à l'Innovation Médicale - INSERM - Université de la Méditerranée - Aix-Marseille 2, GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - Université Paul Cézanne - Aix-Marseille 3 - Université de la Méditerranée - Aix-Marseille 2 - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - CNRS - AMU - Aix-Marseille Université)

This article presents an adaptation of the labour supply model applied to the independent medical in which doctor's choice of the length of consultations is examined. A theoretical analysis is performed in an attempt to define the sets of constraints to which self-employed doctors are subject, and they show a marked difference in time-allocation behaviour according to whether medical care is provided under a fixed-fee scheme or under an unregulated-fees scheme, respectively “sector 1” and “sector 2” in France. The objective of this econometric study was to analyse time-allocation choices made by doctors in both sectors in France and to validate the theoretical prediction that doctors under unregulated-fees can make choices about the length of patient consultations independently of their personal leisure choices. According to our empirical results, doctors with unregulated-fees indeed show different behaviours regarding leisure-consumption choices and consultation length. The endogeneity of leisure choice to consultation length –verified in fixed-fee scheme- is no longer apparent under unregulated-fee. Our findings can be seen as a necessary, but insufficient, condition for legitimate unregulated fees in general practice.

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Date of creation: 15 Dec 2008
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