Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Manfred Keil

Reader 2

Eric Helland

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This thesis investigates whether variations in wait times for different medical specialties have a significant impact on the proportion of people who choose to opt out of the public insurance system in their country. Canada presents an interesting case study because it is one of the few nations with a single-payer system for all procedures covered by the public health system. As a result, leaving Canada is the equivalent of opting into the private system in other countries where socialized medicine is available side by side to a private market provider. The results provide some evidence of a positive relationship, but are somewhat sensitive to the chosen sample period.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.