Heterogeneous Responses in Prescriptions to Medicare Part D: A Case Study on Physician Decision-Making and Antibiotics
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
To study the decision-making model behind how physicians making prescribing decisions, we studied the effects of the introduction of Medicare Part D in 2006 on numbers and characteristics of medications prescribed by physicians. We identified a significant increase in overall number of medications prescribed due to Medicare Part D but did not find any effects on the number of antibiotics. The result suggests there exist factors distinguishing antibiotics from other medications that led to a change in incentives to prescribe antibiotics, such as costs of antibiotics resistances. We also identified the heterogeneity responses to Medicare Part D with respect to physician’s employment status, primary care relationship and patient’s gender and diagnostic categories.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Prescriptions, Physician Decision-Making, Antibiotics, Medicare Part D, Healthcare Reform
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255414OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-255414DiVA: diva2:822079
Ginja, Rita, Forskare
Bengtsson, Niklas, Biträdande universitetslektor