Are physician and non-physician providers of outpatient mental healthcare substitutes or complements? A conceptual clarification

Department of Economics and Center for Community Health, Office 450BB (The FCBE), The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, USA.
Health Care Management Science (Impact Factor: 1.05). 12/2008; 11(4):393-398. DOI: 10.1007/s10729-007-9044-5
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Economists have long suggested that to be reliable, a preferred medical care price index should employ time-varying weights to measure outcomes-adjusted changes in the price of treating an episode of illness. In this article, we report on several years of research developing alternative indexes for the treatment of the acute phase of major depression, for the period 1991–1996. The introduction of new treatment technologies in the past two decades suggests well-known measurement issues may be prominent in constructing such a price index. We report on the results of four successively re

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