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The Production of Health Services in Fee for Service, for Profit Health Practices: The Case of Optometrists

Douglas Coate

No 115, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to analyze the production process of optometrists in private practice. This study will then provide further evidence on the entrepreneurial performance of primary health professionals in private practice. If optometrists also appear to be using inefficient production techniques further questions can be raised about organizing the delivery of health services around fee for service, for profit private practices.

Date: 1975-11
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Published as Coate, Douglas. "The Optimal Employment of Inputs in Fee for Service, for Profit Health Practices: The Case of Optometrists." Explorations in Economic Research, Vol. 4, No. 2, (Spring 1977), pp. 316-330.

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