Do Primary Care Teams Attract Young GPs to Medically Underserved Areas?

Chevillard G., Mousquès J. (IRDES)

Questions d'économie de la santé (Issues in Health Economics) n° 247 - March 2020

QES n° 247

Geographical accessibility to general practitioners (GPs) is decreasing and territorial inequalities are increasing. The areas in which accessibility is decreasing the most are also those that are the furthest away from employment centres, facilities, and services. The location of GPs is therefore part of a more general territorial problem. In view of the importance of health issues for the population, it is also a key element of France's spatial planning policy.
In this context, this study assesses the impact of Primary Care Teams (PCTs, Maisons de santé pluriprofessionnelles) on the evolution of the density of GPs by distinguishing the effects according to the areas and doctors' age groups. In areas with poor accessibility to healthcare services, does the opening of PCTs encourage new GPs to establish and remain in practices over the long term? Does the opening of PCTs consolidate and maintain GP services? (…)

See also Questions d'économie de la santé n° 247 in French: Les maisons de santé attirent-elles les jeunes médecins généralistes dans les zones sous-dotées en offre de soins ?