Selection and Improvement: Physician Responses to Financial Incentives
36 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2003
Date Written: October 2003
In this study we examine the effects of transferring physicians from a compensation system based on salary to a profit-sharing system. Consistent with theory, we find that the change has a large and significant effect on the quantity of services provided. In addition, we find a selection effect, where the least productive doctors leave the company and more productive doctors join.
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By Charles Zech