February 3, 1999

The Economist's Model of Physician Behavior

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

JAMA. 1999;281(5):462-465. doi:10.1001/jama.281.5.462

The article by Baker on the relationship between managed care penetration and health expenditures for fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries in this issue of THE JOURNAL1 touches on an important facet of health policy: attempts to influence the individual physician's style of medical practice. To understand what policy levers may be used to that end, health services researchers have long been interested in the factors that drive physician behavior.

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