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Int J Health Serv. 1998;28(1):183-96.

Is primary care physician supply correlated with health outcomes?

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  • 1Department of Family and Community Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA 31206-3608, USA.


Assessment of the relation between life indicators and health outcomes is a complex problem. The authors' analysis uses descriptive canonical correlation, and their solution suggests that socioeconomic factors play a major role in health outcomes. The supply of primary care physicians has a lesser but still important role: canonical correlation suggests no apparent role in enhancing health outcomes among the elderly but a larger role in improving health among the young. The authors' analysis does support the notion that specialist physician supply has no correlation with a wide range of health outcomes.

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