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Impact of financial incentives on dental care subject of seminar

18 Jun 2012

The impact of financial incentives for both providers and patients in Scotland on the utilization of dental health services will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on June 20.

Stefan Listl, Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics and Econometrics (adjunct) at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, analyzed data for the years 1998 to 2007 from the Management Information and Dental Accounting System, which covered about 1.3 million dental claims for treatment delivered to Scottish NHS patients.

His presentation, called Estimating the effects of supply and demand side incentives on service utilization: the example of dental diagnostics in Scotland, will describe how he tested empirically to identify whether simultaneous consideration of supply and demand side financial incentives yielded different findings than previous studies, which have investigated both patients’ and providers’ incentive mechanisms that were distinct from each other.

His research found that use of specific dental diagnostic procedures is not only influenced by separate effects of patients’ and providers’ financial incentives, but also by the interaction of both demand and supply side incentives.

The seminar will take place in CRL B119, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend. Click here for instructions on how to listen to the presentation through Elluminate.

Listl has a PhD in economics from the University of Mannheim in Germany, and a doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Regensberg. He is a Clinical Fellow in Conservative Dentistry at the University of Heidelberg.

His research interests include income-related inequalities in dental service utilization by Europeans, particularly older patients.



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