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Why are doctors working fewer hours?

Douglas Staiger
Douglas Staiger

Recorded February 19, 2010

As the debate over health care in the United States rages on, Dartmouth Professor of Economics Douglas O. Staiger, has made an interesting discovery that's sure to be part of the conversation: physicians are working less hours over the past 10 years than they did two decades before. His findings are part of study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this month. In this podcast, Staiger talks about the trends that may explain why the reduced hours are taking place and what this means for health care in this country.

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Last Updated: 2/23/10