Health services utilization and physician income trends.
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Statistics from several Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries on consumption and cost of health
care services, physician workload, and physician earnings are presented. Data are analyzed according to type of physician
payment used: fee for service, per case, capitation, or salary. Incentives theoretically embodied in each payment method are
often offset by other factors--scale of charges, patient out-of-pocket payment, and patient access or physician activity restrictions.
Moreover, the impact of payment method on use appears to be weaker than the impact of such factors as population morbidity,
national health insurance, professional ethics, and medical technology.
Canada : Economics, Medical/statistics & numerical data : Europe : Fees, Medical : Income/statistics & numerical data : Japan
: Models, Theoretical : Personal Health Services/utilization : United States