More Doctors, Better Health? Evidence from a Physician Distribution Policy
Carrillo, B.; Feres, J.;
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: José Gustavo Féres and
Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers from HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York
In 2013, the Brazilian government implemented one of the largest physician distribution programs on record. Using a difference-in-difference framework, we document that the number of physicians increased by 17 percent in treated areas, with effects that are substantially larger in magnitude for family doctors. This expansion increased doctor visits by 4.3 percent and prenatal care by physicians by 10 percent. Yet despite these improvements in physician supply and utilization of doctors, we find little evidence that the program led to better infant health, measured by low birth weight, prematurity and infant mortality.
Keywords: primary care physicians; doctor utilization; infant health; policy evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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