Does quality affect patients’ choice of Doctor? Evidence from England

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Reforms giving users of public services choice of provider aim to improve quality. But such reforms will work only if quality affects choice of provider. We test this crucial pre-requisite in the English healthcare market by examining the choice of 3.4 million individuals of family doctor. Family doctor practices provide primary care and control access to non-emergency hospital care, the quality of their clinical care is measured and published, and care is free. In this setting clinical quality should affect choice. We find that a one standard deviation increase in clinical quality would increase practice size by around 17%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445–494
Number of pages50
JournalThe Economic Journal
Issue number600
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2016

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