Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 9(3) May 2006 : 34-42.doi:10.12927/hcq..18225

Remunerating Primary Care Physicians: Emerging Directions and Policy Options for Canada

Rose Anne Devlin, Sisira Sarma and William Hogg

Abstract

How primary care physicians are remunerated is an important component of healthcare reform debates in Canada. This paper contributes to the policy debate by drawing together the theoretical insights gained from existing economic theory and evidence on how payment schemes affect physicians' behaviour. Several policy implications for the efficient and effective remuneration of physicians emerge from the analysis, as do directions for future research.

 

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