Physician-Patient Race-Match Reduces Patient Mortality

44 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2018 Last revised: 21 Aug 2020

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Andrew Hill

Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Daniel Jones

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

Lindsey Woodworth

University of South Carolina

Date Written: June 26, 2020

Abstract

This paper assesses the impacts of physician-patient race-match on patient mortality. We draw on administrative data from Florida, linking hospital encounters from 2012 through 2014 to information from the Florida Physician Workforce Survey. Using an instrumental variables approach, we find that physician-patient race-match reduces the likelihood of within-hospital mortality by 0.39 percentage points, a 15% reduction relative to the overall mortality rate. An alternative identification approach relying on sample restrictions to exclude endogenous physician-patient pairings yields similar results.

Keywords: racial disparities; hospitals; health

JEL Classification: I14; J15

Suggested Citation

Hill, Andrew and Jones, Daniel and Woodworth, Lindsey, Physician-Patient Race-Match Reduces Patient Mortality (June 26, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3211276 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3211276

Andrew Hill

Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Bozeman, MT 59717-2920
United States

Daniel Jones (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public & International Affairs ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
United States

HOME PAGE: http://danielbjones.weebly.com

Lindsey Woodworth

University of South Carolina ( email )

1014 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

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