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Title
Comparing physician fee schedules in Canada and the United States.
First Author
Katz, Steven J
Date of Pub
1992 Fall
Pages
141-149
Volume
14
Issue
1
Other Authors
Welch, W Pete; Zuckerman, Stephen
Abstract
Although Canada and the United States have fundamentally different systems for financing health care, there are many similarities between the two countries in their approaches to physician payment. The similarities have increased recently with the adoption of the Medicare fee schedule. Canadian provinces have been using fee schedules for more than 20 years. This article provides an overview of the fee schedules used by Medicare and the four largest Canadian provinces, highlighting specific similarities and differences. We conclude that, although some differences in service definitions exist, the major areas of contrast relate to what services are paid for and how fees are updated. Updating fees is important because it affects how rapidly expenditures grow.
Abstract Continued
N/A
MeSH
Canada : Comparative Study : Fee Schedules/organization & administration : Insurance, Physician Services/economics : Medicare Part B/economics : National Health Programs/economics : Rate Setting and Review/organization & administration : Relative Value Scales : Support, Non-U.S. Gov't : Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S. : United States
NTIS Number
PB95-123279