The effects of specialist supply on populations' health: assessing the evidence.

Barbara Starfield, Leiyu Shi, Atul Grover, James Macinko

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Abstract

Analyses at the county level show lower mortality rates where there are more primary care physicians, but this is not the case for specialist supply. These findings confirm those of previous studies at the state and other levels. Increasing the supply of specialists will not improve the United States' position in population health relative to other industrialized countries, and it is likely to lead to greater disparities in health status and outcomes. Adverse effects from inappropriate or unnecessary specialist use may be responsible for the absence of relationship between specialist supply and mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)W5-97-W5-97107
JournalHealth affairs (Project Hope)
VolumeSuppl Web Exclusives
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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    Starfield, B., Shi, L., Grover, A., & Macinko, J. (2005). The effects of specialist supply on populations' health: assessing the evidence. Health affairs (Project Hope), Suppl Web Exclusives, W5-97-W5-97107.