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Fee for service doctors dispense more antibiotics in Canada

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7193.1232 (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1232
  1. Greg Basky
  1. Saskatoon, Canada

    Doctors paid on a fee for service basis write more prescriptions for antibiotics than their salaried counterparts, according to recently published Canadian research.

    Researchers found Newfoundland's 322 fee paid general practitioners were much more likely to prescribe at rates in excess of the provincial median 1.5 prescriptions per patient annually. In addition, the busier the doctors' practices were, the greater the number of prescriptions …

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