Does a year make a difference ? Changes in physician satisfaction and perception in an increasingly capitated environment.
Although capitation has become an increasingly common method of payment for heath care, little is known about changes in physician satisfaction as they become more experienced working in a capitated environment.
We surveyed the members of a physician hospital organization at an urban teaching hospital in the summers of 1996 and 1997.
In 1996, fully capitated contracts covered<5% of patients under 65 years of age, but that figure increased to nearly 25% by 1997.
We assessed physicians'satisfaction with their practice, compared satisfaction under fee-for-service and capitated payment, and evaluated ethical issues related to capitation.
In 1996, we surveyed 587 physicians with direct patient care responsibilities, of whom 62% responded ; 51% of 520 physicians responded in 1997.
Overall satisfaction was 57% in 1996 and 71% in 1997.
Among physicians who responded in both years, overall satisfaction was unchanged, but increases in satisfaction were noted for patient load (an increase of 0.5 points on a five-point scale, P<0.01), time to discuss patient needs (an increase of 0.3 points, P<0.01), and helpfulness of care coordination (an increase of 0.5 points, P=0.02).
In a direct comparison between fee-for-service and capitation, physicians were more satisfied with both methods of payment in 1997 than they were in 1996, but they were much more satisfied with fee-for-service in both years. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin santé primaire, Rémunération, Médecin, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Expérience professionnelle, Satisfaction professionnelle, Evaluation, Questionnaire, Capitation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Primary health care, Remuneration, Physician, United States, North America, America, Professional experience, Job satisfaction, Evaluation, Questionnaire
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0398247
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 22/03/2000.