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Hours worked by General Practitioners and waiting times for Primary Care

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JournalHealth Economics
DateAccepted/In press - 14 May 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 19 Jun 2018
Number of pages20
Early online date19/06/18
Original languageEnglish


The decline in the working hours of general practitioners (GPs) is a key factor influencing access to healthcare in many countries. We investigate the effect of changes in hours worked by general practitioners (GPs) on waiting times in primary care using the MABEL longitudinal survey of Australian doctors. We estimate GP fixed effects models for waiting time and use family circumstances to instrument for GP’s hours worked. We find that a 10% reduction in hours worked increases average patient waiting time by 12%. Our findings highlight the importance of GPs’ labour supply at the intensive margin in determining the length of time patients must wait to see their doctor.

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    Research areas

  • primary care, waiting times, labour supply, fixed-effects, Instrumental Variable model, MABEL Survey

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