Physician competition and low value health care seminar

24 August 2017

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Building E4A, Level 6, Seminar Room 623, Eastern Avenue

Department of Economics & Macquarie University Centre for Health Economy, Faculty of Business & Economics, Macquarie University 

Physician competition and low value health care – Evidence from primary care

Speaker:  Professor Anthony Scott from University of Melbourne

In this seminar, we will examine the impact of competition on the quality of care provided by physicians.

New data on 328,000 consultations with 3,280 GPs are used to examine if competition changes the provision of low value care, as defined by the Choosing Wisely campaign. We have rich data on GPs and patients and competition facing a GP is measured by the distance to other GPs. Small area (postcode) fixed effects are included in our model to allow for unobserved area level factors affecting GP competition and quality.

More competition reduces low value care by reducing the likelihood of antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis (common coughs and colds), and urinary tract infections. However, competition also increases low value care by increasing the likelihood of imaging for low back pain and x-rays for bronchitis. The effects of competition on low value care are stronger for GPs facing fixed prices.

More information on the Department of Economics Seminar Series 2017.

Date: Thursday 24 August 2017

Time: 11am – 12pm (Morning Tea starts at 10:45 am)

Venue: Building E4A, Level 6, Seminar Room 623, Macquarie University

RSVP: To register please email by Monday 21 August 2017


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Event contact

Sri Valli Modali

02 9850 8562