The data presented here measure indirectly the quality of the physicians providing patient care to different socioeconomic groups in New York City, which have been selected from a census study of all of the physicians with offices in the Southern New York Region as of October 1967. The data were collated from many sources, including the tape Hies of the American Medical Association, hospital staff lists, hospital questionnaires, and various official documents pertaining to geographic location. The socioeconomic classifications are those devised for planning purposes for the Office of the Mayor of New York City in 1966. The quality indicators used to assess the physician are board certification, specialty interest, and the degree and land of privileges represented by all of his hospital appointments. The main findings are that almost without exception the quality as measured by each variable increases as the socioeconomic level of the physician's office rises. Although one third of the physicians from the poorest communities lack the admitting privilege that provides peer supervision and almost one half of these physicians do not participate in ward and teaching rounds, the high proportions of physicians lacking these privileges on all levels pose serious problems to professionals and consumers who are concerned with the availability of quality medical care.
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