Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

, Volume 144, Issue 2, pp 247–282 | Cite as

The Evolution of Physician Density in Switzerland

  • Gabrielle Wanzenried
  • Sandra Nocera
Open Access


Our paper investigates the geographical distribution of physicians across the Swiss cantons over the years 1960 to 2005. We use a physician location model relating physician growth in a canton related to (i) the existing number of physicians in an area, (ii) commonly used determinants of the demand for physician services such as population growth, per capita income and age, and (iii) factors that determine the medical infrastructure of an area, i.e. the number of hospital beds and the existence of a university hospital. We analyze the effects separately for general practitioners and specialists and find that the two physician types react differently to certain factors included in our analysis.


physician density demand for health services health policy panel data 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZLucerne University of Applied Sciences and ArtsZugSwitzerland
  2. 2.Foundation Swiss School of Public HealthplusZurichSwitzerland

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