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An Application of Price and Quantity Indexes in the Analysis of Changes in Expenditures on Physician Services

Frank T. Denton, Christine Feaver and Byron Spencer

Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports from McMaster University

Abstract: Price and quantity indexes are applied in the analysis of expenditure on physician services in the province of Ontario, Canada, using newly available data files for 1992 and 2004. Price indexes for such services are found to have increased less rapidly than indexes of general inflation and quantity indexes are found to account for the largest share of physician expenditure increases. The quantity indexes imply substantial gains in services per capita, especially for older adults. They imply also an increase in labour productivity for physicians that is somewhat greater than the corresponding increase for the economy at large.

Keywords: physician services; price and quantity indexes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C43 I11 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2008-01
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