Ameer Elbuluk, 2013, Economics

I worked for the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children in Costa Rica, addressing the question of whether a children’s free clinic should continue to serve adult patients. With a maximum allowance of 15 patients per day and care offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, the increasingly popular clinic worried that adults had begun crowding out children in need of care. My project took into account the clinic’s history, including its initial purpose and the reasons that it originally accepted adult patients. By calculating the costs of treating adults versus children, we were better able to analyze the economical consequences of treating adults.