The demand for physician services. Evidence from a natural experiment.

  title={The demand for physician services. Evidence from a natural experiment.},
  author={Bart Cockx and Carine Brasseur},
  journal={Journal of health economics},
  volume={22 6},
This study exploits a natural experiment in Belgium to estimate the effect of copayment increases on the demand for physician services. It shows how a differences-in-differences (DD) estimator of the price effects can be decomposed into effects induced by the common average proportional price increase (income effects) and by the change in relative prices (substitution effects). The price elasticity of a uniform proportional price increase is relatively small (-0.13 for men and -0.03 for women… CONTINUE READING

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