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Retaining rural doctors: Doctors’ preferences for rural medical workforce incentives

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posted on 2024-06-06, 11:10 authored by J Li, A Scott, M McGrail, J Humphreys, J Witt
Many governments have implemented incentive programs to improve the retention of doctors in rural areas despite a lack of evidence of their effectiveness. This study examines rural general practitioners' (GPs') preferences for different types of retention incentive policies using a discrete choice experiment (DCE). In 2009, the DCE was administered to a group of 1720 rural GPs as part of the “Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL)” study. We estimate both a mixed logit model and a generalized multinomial logit model to account for different types of unobserved differences in GPs' preferences. Our results indicate that increased level of locum relief incentive, retention payments and rural skills loading leads to an increase in the probability of attracting GPs to stay in rural practice. The locum relief incentive is ranked as the most effective, followed by the retention payments and rural skills loading payments. These findings are important in helping to tailor retention policies to those that are most effective.

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Journal

Social science and medicine

Volume

121

Pagination

56-64

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0277-9536

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2014, Elsevier

Publisher

Elsevier

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