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October 17, 2012

Paying doctors for each patient in their care, rather than per-service-performed, would add value for money and increase access to physicians in primary care, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “How to Pay Family Doctors: Why ‘Pay per Patient’ is Better than Fee for Service,” authors Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby make the case that primary care doctors should have incentives to promote efficiency in the system through the way they are paid. “Paying doctors per patient would give them greater incentive to keep patients healthy and add more patients to their rosters,” said Blomqvist, Health Policy Scholar at the C.D. Howe Institute.

 

Åke Blomqvist
Åke Blomqvist

Health Policy Scholar, C.D. Howe Institute

Åke Blomqvist received his undergraduate education in his native Sweden, and a PhD from Princeton University in 1971. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario where he taught between 1968 and 2002.

Colin Busby
Colin Busby

Colin Busby was awarded the 2007 C.D. Howe Research Fellowship and joined the Institute as an analyst thereafter. While writing broadly on economic issues, his emphasis is on fiscal and social policy. Appointed Associate Director of Research in 2016, Colin focuses his attention on the Institute’s healthcare policy and human capital research.