Rita Santos
Research Fellow



Rita Santos is a research fellow and NIHR Doctoral Fellow within the Health Policy Team in the Centre for Health Economics.

Rita’s previous work focused on topics as GP gender pay differences, GP practice choice, Hospital competition and GP practices competition. Currently she is working on measuring and explaining primary care quality variation under an NIHR doctoral fellowship.

Rita holds a BA in Economics Msc in Applied Economics from the Faculty of Economic, University of Coimbra. She worked at the Department of Geography, University of Coimbra (2004-2009) where she developed research on environmental impacts on health outcomes.



  • Equity in primary care
  • Incentives for quality in primary care
  • Geographical distribution of primary care quality
  • Impact of competition on GP practice quality
  • Impact of competition on Hospital quality
  • The application of micro and spatial econometrics to health economics

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Rita Santos
Research Fellow
Centre for Health Economics