Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wait Times for Medical Specialists

A researcher would like to compare two separate years of CCHS microdata on wait times to see a medical specialist by province. The years the researcher is looking for are 2007 and 2009 (uncoupled from the 2008 data as per: the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 PUMFs).

The Health Services and Access subsamples in 2007 and 2009 covered all provinces for modules ACC: Access to health care services, and WTM: Wait times. In the grouped files 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, these modules are optional, providing poor provincial coverage. The researcher would like to work with these Canada-wide subsamples. Can she do so and if so, what would her options be?

Yes, it is possible to assess the subsample files through a RDC proposal.