The Role of Physicians in the Production of Hospital Output
Mark Pauly, Mark A. Satterthwaite
NBER Working Paper No. 73
The purpose of this paper is to present estimates of production functions for hospitals in which a measure of the level of physician input is utilized. Since no data on the total number of hours worked by non-salaried physicians is available for a large sample of U.S. hospitals, alternative measures of physician input had to be constructed. As these measures are somewhat imperfect, the results I obtain should be considered tentative and preliminary.
Published: (Published as "The Pricing of Primary Care Physicians' Services: A Test ofthe Role of Consumer Information") BELLJ, Vol. 12, no. 2 (1981): 488-506.