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The Role of Physicians in the Production of Hospital Output

Mark Pauly, Mark A. Satterthwaite

NBER Working Paper No. 73
Issued in February 1975

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.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w0073

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.

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