Working Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Bergen
Tor Helge Holmås
Is There a Demand Response by Patients in Primary Care?
() and Oddvar Kaarbøe
Abstract: We test whether a demand response by patients exists in
the Norwegian primary care sector. In Norway, physicians are remunerated
either by salary or by incentive contract, and we have access to a large
data survey that allows us to study the relationship between consumer
satisfaction with primary physician services and the way physicians are
paid. In addition, we can identify areas (municipalities) where market
demand for primary physicians’ services is responsive to effort. When a
demand response exists, we expect that patients’ benefit is higher and that
patients are more satisfied when visiting a contract physician. As
expected, we find very small effects of the salary physician density on
reported patient satisfaction in municipalities where market demand is
nonresponsive to physicians’ choice of effort. In municipalities with
responsive market demand, we find a negative association between salary
physician density and patients’ satisfaction with their physician.
Keywords: Physician behavior; Remuneration contracts; Patients’ satisfaction; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I11; M52; (follow links to similar papers)
28 pages, March 6, 2006
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