Do rural incentives payments affect entries and exits of general practitioners?

Yong, J, Scott, A, Gravelle, H, Sivey, P and McGrail, M 2018, 'Do rural incentives payments affect entries and exits of general practitioners?', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 214, pp. 197-205.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Do rural incentives payments affect entries and exits of general practitioners?
Author(s) Yong, J
Scott, A
Gravelle, H
Sivey, P
McGrail, M
Year 2018
Journal name Social Science and Medicine
Volume number 214
Start page 197
End page 205
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Many countries use financial incentive programs to attract physicians to work in rural areas. This paper examines the effectiveness of a policy reform in Australia that made some locations newly eligible for financial incentives and increased incentives for locations already eligible. The analysis uses panel data (20082014) on all Australian general practitioners (GPs) aggregated to small areas. We use a difference-in-differences approach to examine if the policy change affected GP entry or exit to the 755 newly eligible locations and the 787 always eligible locations relative to 2249 locations which were never eligible. The policy change increased the entry of newly-qualified GPs to newly eligible locations but had no effect on the entry and exit of other GPs. Our results suggest that location incentives should be targeted at newly qualified GPs.
Subject Health Economics
Keyword(s) Australia
Entries and exits
GP geographic distribution
GP location choice
GP rural incentives
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.08.014
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ISSN 0277-9536
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