Author Affiliation: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
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.
Reinhardt UE. The Economist's Model of Physician Behavior. JAMA. 1999;281(5):462-465. doi:10.1001/jama.281.5.462