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Comparing the treatment provided by migrant and nonmigrant health professionals: dentists in Scotland

Martin Chalkley (), Shaolin Wang and Colin Tilley

No 2011-01, SIRE Discussion Papers from Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE)

Abstract: Many OECD countries are increasingly relying on migrants to address shortages of trained health professionals. One key concern is whether migrant health professionals provide equivalent health care. We compare the treatment provided by migrant and non-migrant health professionals using administrative data from the Scottish dental system. A difference-in-differences model is estimated to examine whether migrant dentists respond differently to case mix and individual circumstances as compared with their non-migrant counterparts, and assess the extent to which any differences diminish over time. After controlling for both observed and unobserved differences between individual dentists and the cohort of patients that they treat, we find that migrant dentists have marginally different practice styles, and the variation diminishes over time within two years of practice.

Keywords: Migrant health professionals; Treatment difference; Assimilation; British NHS; Administrative data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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