Predominant Modes of Physician Payment

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This map shows the predominant mode of payment of primary care physicians. This is an important aspect of the health care system because it affects the balance between quantity and quality of services provided by physicians. There are three types of payments: Fee-for-service (FFS), salary, and capitation. Each of these payment methods has strengths and weaknesses, thus a number of countries use a mix of these methods. Under the fee-for-service payment scheme, the doctor is reimbursed for each service that is provided. Under a capitation system, doctors are paid annually for each patient that is registered under their care. Finally, under a salary payment scheme, doctors are paid a fix amount per year (source: OECD).