A Doctor Like Me: Physician-Patient Race-Match and Patient Outcomes

41 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2018 Last revised: 15 Aug 2018

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Andrew Hill

Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Daniel Jones

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

Lindsey Woodworth

University of South Carolina

Date Written: July 9, 2018

Abstract

This paper assesses the impacts of physician-patient race-match on patient mortality. We draw on administrative data from Florida, linking hospital encounters from mid-2011 through 2014 to information from the Florida Physician Workforce Survey. We focus on a subset of hospital patients who are conditionally randomly assigned to physicians. We find that physician-patient race-match reduces the likelihood of within-hospital mortality by 0.14 percentage points, a substantial 13% reduction relative to the overall mortality rate. Results are primarily driven by gains experienced by black patients when matched to black physicians.

Keywords: racial disparities; hospitals; health

JEL Classification: I14; J15

Suggested Citation

Hill, Andrew and Jones, Daniel and Woodworth, Lindsey, A Doctor Like Me: Physician-Patient Race-Match and Patient Outcomes (July 9, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3211276 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3211276

Andrew Hill

Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Bozeman, MT 59717-2920
United States

Daniel Jones (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public & International Affairs ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
United States

HOME PAGE: http://danielbjones.weebly.com

Lindsey Woodworth

University of South Carolina ( email )

1014 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

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