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Profit or Patients' Health Benefit? Exploring the Heterogeneity in Physician Altruism

Geir Godager () and Daniel Wiesen ()

No 2011:7, HERO Online Working Paper Series from University of Oslo, Health Economics Research Programme

Abstract: This paper investigates physician altruism toward patients’ health benefit using behavioral data from the fully incentivized laboratory experiment of Hennig-Schmidt et al. (2011). This setup identifies both physicians’ profits and patients’ health benefit resulting from medical treatment decisions.

We estimate a random utility model applying multinomial logit regression, finding that physicians attach a positive weight on patients’ health benefit. Furthermore, physicians vary substantially in their degree of altruism. Finally, we provide some implications for the design of physician payment schemes.

Keywords: Payment incentives; Physician altruism; Health Care Quantity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 I11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2011-12-28
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