Journal article

Redistributive effects of the National Health Insurance on physicians in Taiwan: a natural experiment time series study

Chiang-Hsing Yang, Yu-Tung A Huang, Ya-Seng A Hsueh

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EQUITY IN HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Previous studies have evaluated the effects of various health manpower policies but did not include full consideration of the effect of universal health insurance on physician re-distribution. This study examines the effects of implementing National Health Insurance (NHI) on the problem of geographic mal-distribution of health providers in Taiwan. METHODS: Data on health providers and population between 1971 and 2001 are obtained from relevant governmental publications in Taiwan. Gini coefficients derived from the Lorenz curve are used under a spline regression model to examine the impact of the NHI on the geographic distribution of health providers. RESULTS: The geographic distr..

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