Do rural incentives payments affect entries and exits of general practitioners?
Jongsay Yong, Anthony Scott, Hugh Gravelle, Peter Sivey, Matthew McGrail
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2018
Many countries use financial incentive programs to attract physicians to work in rural areas. This paper examines the effectiveness of a policy reform in Australia that made some locations newly eligible for financial incentives and increased incentives for locations already eligible. The analysis uses panel data (2008-2014) on all Australian general practitioners (GPs) aggregated to small areas. We use a difference-in-differences approach to examine if the policy change affected GP entry or exit to the 755 newly eligible locations and the 787 always eligible locations relative to 2249 locations which were never eligible. The policy change increased the entry of newly-qualified GPs to newly ..View full abstract
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This research was funded by ARC Discovery Grants DP110102863 and DP150100357. All authors have no conflict of interest to declare. The data in this study were provided by the Australasian Medical Publishing Company which provided the data as part of the NHMRC Centre for Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics that runs the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) panel survey of doctors. We thank the anonymous reviewers for helpful comments and suggestions.