Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Public Policy, Health Policy

First Advisor

Maurice Wade


This paper seeks to address the meaning of supply and demand as it relates to physician shortages, the claim that there is an actual shortage problem and the theory that the issue is not one of a shortage but simply a misallocation of physicians, and explores some potential solutions to the issue with case studies highlighting China, and Australia, which have faced similar issues and have utilized innovative approaches to dealing with their problems.


Master's final project completed at Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut.