A Doctor Like Me: Physician-Patient Race-Match and Patient Outcomes
41 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2018 Last revised: 15 Aug 2018
Date Written: July 9, 2018
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
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