PMID: 9160057May 1, 1997Paper

The impact of managed care on the physician marketplace

Public Health Reports
C J SimonW D White


To examine the impact of managed care on the employment and compensation of primary care and specialty physicians, as measured by changes in income, physician-to-population ratios, and specialty choices. The authors used data from the American Medical Association's Socioeconomic Monitoring System survey, a nationally representative 1% random survey of post-residency patient-care physicians, and location data from the AMA Masterfile to evaluate the relationship between the growth in managed care from 1985 to 1993 and (a) inflation-adjusted physician incomes and (b) physician-to-population ratios for primary care physicians and specialists. They also used data from the National Residency Matching Program for 1989 through 1995 to look at trends in available positions and specialty choices. Primary care incomes grew 4.78% annually ($33,526 cumulatively) in states with the highest managed care growth, compared to 1.20% ($7448 cumulatively) in the lowest quartile of managed care growth. The difference in income growth for medical and surgical subspecialists between the highest and lowest quartiles was not statistically significant. The incomes of radiologists, anesthesiologists, and pathologists (RAPs) rose 0.14%, or $1700, in the hi...Continue Reading

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