Patient Allocations According to Circumstances and Preferences: Modelling Based on the Norwegian Patient List System

21 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2007

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Jostein Lillestol

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Business and Management Science

Jan Uboe

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Business and Management Science

Yngve Ronsen

University of Oslo - Department of General Practice

Per Hjortdahl

University of Oslo - Department of General Practice

Date Written: January 2007

Abstract

In some countries every citizen has the right to obtain a designated general practitioner. However, each individual may have preferences that cannot be fulfilled due to shortages of some kind. The questions raised in this paper are: To what extent can we expect that preferences are fulfilled when the patients "compete" for entry on the lists of practitioners? What changes can we expect under changing conditions? A particular issue explored in the paper is when the majority of women prefer a female doctor and there is a shortage of female doctors. The analysis is done on the macro level by the so called gravity model and on the micro level by recent theories of benefit efficient population behaviour. The approach is quite general and can be applied in a variety of contexts.

Keywords: Patient allocations, shortages, preferences, benefit efficiency, gravity model

Suggested Citation

Lillestol, Jostein and Uboe, Jan and Ronsen, Yngve and Hjortdahl, Per, Patient Allocations According to Circumstances and Preferences: Modelling Based on the Norwegian Patient List System (January 2007). NHH Dept. of Finance & Management Science Discussion Paper No. 2007/2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=971627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.971627

Jostein Lillestol (Contact Author)

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Business and Management Science ( email )

Helleveien 30
Bergen, NO-5045
Norway

Jan Uboe

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Business and Management Science ( email )

Helleveien 30
Bergen, NO-5045
Norway

Yngve Ronsen

University of Oslo - Department of General Practice ( email )

Postboks 1130
Blindern
Oslo, 0318
Norway

Per Hjortdahl

University of Oslo - Department of General Practice ( email )

Postboks 1130
Blindern
Oslo, 0318
Norway

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