How Have Location Patterns of Physicians Affected the Availability of Medical Services?

by Joseph P. Newhouse, Albert P. Williams, Bruce W. Bennett, William B. Schwartz

Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 1.2 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback40 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

An analysis of the location of 17 categories of physicians in the years 1970 to 1979. As the supply of physicians grew during these years, smaller communities increasingly acquired various types of medical and surgical specialty services. Similar trends are observed in four different regions. The fraction of physicians who are board-certified tends to rise with community size. Only a small handful of towns with a population of 2,500 or more are farther than ten miles from a physician. The profile of location patterns strongly suggests that competitive forces play a major role in determining where physicians choose to practice. Thus, as the supply of physicians increases in the 1980s, the authors anticipate that services will become more and more available to populations outside metropolitan areas.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.