Competition , prices , and quality in the market for physician consultations

  title={Competition , prices , and quality in the market for physician consultations},
  author={Hugh Gravelle and Anthony T. Scott and Peter Sivey and Jongsay Yong},
Prices for consultations with General Practitioners (GPs) in Australia are unregulated, and patients pay the difference between the price set by the GP and a fixed reimbursement from the national taxfunded Medicare insurance scheme. We construct a Vickrey-Salop model of GP price and quality competition and test its predictions using a dataset with individual GP-level data on prices, the proportion of patients who are charged no out-of-pocket fee, average consultation length, and characteristics… CONTINUE READING
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