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Title
Physician fee levels: Medicare versus Canada.
First Author
Welch, W Pete
Date of Pub
1993 Spring
Pages
41-54
Volume
14
Issue
3
Other Authors
Katz, Steven J; Zuckerman, Stephen
Abstract
Adjusted for differences in purchasing power and practice expenses, Canadian physician fees are, on average, 59 percent of Medicare fees. The general perception that Medicare fees are low is the result of comparison with U.S. private fees, not to the much lower Canadian fees. In the context of the current U.S. health care system, lowering Medicare fees to Canadian levels could jeopardize access to care by Medicare beneficiaries. However, if all payers used the same fee schedule, fees that differed substantially from those currently used by private insurers might be viable.
Abstract Continued
N/A
MeSH
Canada : Comparative Study : Cost Control/economics : Data Collection : Fee Schedules/economics : Fees, Medical/classification/standards : Income/statistics & numerical data : Insurance, Physician Services/economics : Medical Records/classification : Medicare Part B/economics : National Health Programs/economics : Rate Setting and Review/standards : Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S. : United States
NTIS Number
PB95-111274