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Physician maldistribution in cross-cultural perspective: United States, United Kingdom, and Sweden.

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Source
Inquiry. 1984;21(1):60-74
Publication Type
Article
Date
1984
Author
M M Rosenthal
D. Frederick
Source
Inquiry. 1984;21(1):60-74
Date
1984
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Delivery of Health Care - organization & administration
Foreign Medical Graduates - utilization
Great Britain
Health Policy
Health Services Accessibility
Health status
Humans
Physicians - supply & distribution
Population
Statistics as Topic
Sweden
United States
Abstract
Physician maldistribution is a widely recognized problem facing virtually all health care systems. In this study, information from three health care systems--the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sweden--was used to address two questions: How do organizational features of health care systems affect their ability to deal with the problem of physician maldistribution? What are the effects of physician distribution on the health status of populations? It was found, first, that all three systems perceived similar problems of physician maldistribution and drew on a repertoire of similar solutions, none of which was altogether responsive to the problem. Second, the relationship of physician distribution to health status was found to be ambiguous, with some evidence that physician/population ratios may affect some health measures but not others.
PubMed ID
6232218 View in PubMed
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