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Where does the waiting list begin? A short review of the dynamics and organization of modern waiting lists

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  • Rotstein, Dalia L.
  • Alter, David A.
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    Waiting for medical care is the by-product of system rationing, where demand exceeds supply. In this short report we expand on the conventional concept of the queue, by focusing on the regulation of demand and by incorporating a funnel and spout analogy. Real-world examples are used to illustrate the infancy of funnel or demand-side reform initiatives targeting the queue, and the suggestion is made that policy needs to address the concept of 'waiting' much earlier in the treatment cycle.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 62 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 12 (June)
    Pages: 3157-3160

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:62:y:2006:i:12:p:3157-3160

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    Keywords: Waiting lists Supply Demand Health systems System rationing;

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    1. Creemers, Stefan & Beliƫn, Jeroen & Lambrecht, Marc, 2012. "The optimal allocation of server time slots over different classes of patients," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 219(3), pages 508-521.

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