Fewer Patient Visits under Capitation Offset by Improved Quality of Care

Vol. V, No. 3
September 2002

Much of the debate about capitating individual physicians for their services pits the researchers and policymakers who say that it reduces health care costs against those who declare that it hampers quality of care. A recent study led by Terry Field, Sc.D., and conducted at the University of Massachusetts Medical
Center finds that financial pressures do not lead to significant changes in physician behavior.