Future research and policy directions in physician reimbursement.
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Payments to physicians absorb the second largest share of the health care dollar in the United States. In 1979, the share
was 19 percent of the total, or $40.6 billion (Gibson, 1980). The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) alone spent
$8.6 billion for physician services, representing approximately 16 percent of all public funds disbursed under HCFA programs.
This paper presents an overview of various issues concerning physician reimbursement. Several major areas have been identified
(access, cost, quality, and improving or refining the Office of Research, Demonstrations, and Statistics' [ORDS] research
techniques for analyzing topics concerning physician reimbursement). Each area is introduced with a brief discussion of some
of the problems associated with the physician reimbursement systems relating to that area. Selected results are then presented
from the previous research in each area, along with descriptions of continuing studies currently underway. Each section concludes
with a discussion of potential future directions for new research or data development.
Health Services Research/trends : Insurance, Physician Services/economics : Reimbursement Mechanisms : United States