Paying for Physician Services under Medicare and Medicaid

Public systems for physician reimbursement aim to reconcile two disparate objectives: ensuring availability of services to the poor and aged; and keeping rates of cost increase within acceptable limits. Several interesting-and unorthodox-policy simulations of physician pricing behavior are investigated through econometric estimation. Current arrangements for paying physicians are fraught with difficulties. The objectives of Medicare and Medicaid are not well served.

Author(s): John Holahan; Jack Hadley; William Scanlon; Robert Lee; James Bluck

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Volume 57, Issue 2 (pages 183–211)
Published in 1979