Waiting time and doctor shopping in a mixed medical economy.

@article{Yeung2004WaitingTA,
  title={Waiting time and doctor shopping in a mixed medical economy.},
  author={Raymond Y. Yeung and Gabriel M. Leung and Sarah M. McGhee and Janice M. Johnston},
  journal={Health economics},
  year={2004},
  volume={13 11},
  pages={1137-44}
}
Waiting time generally acts as a rationing mechanism in the public health care system. In theory, patients who have a higher valuation of time are more likely to seek alternative care (i.e. doctor shopping) if there is a parallel private sector than those who have weaker time preference. However, the existing settings of many health care systems do not allow patients to reveal their preference of such. The data presented in this study suggest a positive association between patients' expressed… CONTINUE READING

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