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Table 2 Overview of target variables and expected influence of physician dispensing (PD)

From: Physician drug dispensing in Switzerland: association on health care expenditures and utilization

Variable Expected sign of PD-variable
Number of different active agents per patient +
Share of generic drugs +
Drug expenditure unclear
Number of visits to general practitioner +
Number of visits to specialists +
Physician expenditure +
Total health care expenditure unclear