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Waiting time and doctor shopping in a mixed medical economy

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  • Raymond Y.T. Yeung
  • Gabriel M. Leung
  • Sarah M. McGhee
  • Janice M. Johnston

    (Department of Community Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, China)

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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 value of time and doctor shopping behaviour in Hong Kong. Patients who were assigned longer waiting times relative to their expected horizon were more likely to seek private alternative care. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Raymond Y.T. Yeung & Gabriel M. Leung & Sarah M. McGhee & Janice M. Johnston, 2004. "Waiting time and doctor shopping in a mixed medical economy," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(11), pages 1137-1144.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:13:y:2004:i:11:p:1137-1144
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.871
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