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Utilization, expenditure, economics and financing systems

Section edited by Milena Pavlova and Evelina Pappa

This section aims to publish studies looking at a population's use of hospital services and their health and health-related expenditures. The section also accepts economic evaluations of health interventions and services and studies looking at recommendations for people to be able access needed services while avoiding catastrophic expenditure and impoverishment.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Countries rely on out-of-pocket (OOP) spending to different degrees and employ varying techniques. The article examines trends in OOP spending in ten high-income countries since 2000, and analyzes their relati...

    Authors: Thomas Rice, Wilm Quentin, Anders Anell, Andrew J. Barnes, Pauline Rosenau, Lynn Y. Unruh and Ewout van Ginneken

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:371

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    Several Western and Arab countries, as well as over 30 States in the US are using the “All-Patient Refined Diagnosis-Related Groups” (APR-DRGs) with four severity-of-illness (SOI) subcategories as a model for ...

    Authors: Sarah Dewilde, Lieven Annemans, Hilde Pincé and Vincent Thijs

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:356

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    Spending on cancer drugs has risen dramatically in recent years compared to other areas of health care, due in part to higher prices associated with newly approved drugs and increased demand for these drugs. A...

    Authors: Colene Bentley, Sarah Costa, Michael M. Burgess, Dean Regier, Helen McTaggart-Cowan and Stuart J. Peacock

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:339

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The US health care system uses diagnostic codes for billing and reimbursement as well as quality assessment and measuring clinical outcomes. The US transitioned to the International Classification of Diseases,...

    Authors: Rachel N. Caskey, Angelos Abutahoun, Anne Polick, Michelle Barnes, Pavan Srivastava and Andrew D. Boyd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:328

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  5. Content type: Research article

    To indicate inefficiencies in health systems, previous studies examined regional variation in healthcare spending by analyzing the entire population. As a result, population heterogeneity is taken into account...

    Authors: Eline F. de Vries, Richard Heijink, Jeroen N. Struijs and Caroline A. Baan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:323

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  6. Content type: Research article

    In rural regions with a low population density, distances to health care providers as well as insufficient public transport may be barriers for the accessibility of health care. In this analysis it was examine...

    Authors: Ulrike Stentzel, Jeanette Bahr, Daniel Fredrich, Jens Piegsa, Wolfgang Hoffmann and Neeltje van den Berg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:322

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Predicting pharmacy service fees is crucial to sustain the health insurance budget and maintain pharmacy management. However, there is no evidence on how to predict pharmacy service fees at the population leve...

    Authors: Dongmun Ha, Inmyung Song, Eui-Kyung Lee and Ju-Young Shin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:327

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Acute otitis media (AOM) is the most common cause of pediatric medical visits and antibiotic prescriptions worldwide, but its current impact on the US healthcare system is not clear. The aim of this study was ...

    Authors: Sabine Tong, Caroline Amand, Alexia Kieffer and Moe H. Kyaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:318

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The burden of HCV among those living with HIV remains a major public health challenge. We aimed to characterize trends in healthcare-related visits (HRV) of people living with HIV (PLW-HIV) and those living with ...

    Authors: Huiting Ma, Conrado Franco Villalobos, Martin St-Jean, Oghenowede Eyawo, Miriam Ruth Lavergne, Lianping Ti, Mark W. Hull, Benita Yip, Lang Wu, Robert S. Hogg, Rolando Barrios, Jean A. Shoveller, Julio S. G. Montaner and Viviane D. Lima

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:319

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Pen needles are an important component of insulin delivery among patients with diabetes, but are not universally covered in China. We compared clinical and economic characteristics of insulin-dependent patient...

    Authors: Linong Ji, Arthi Chandran, Timothy J. Inocencio, Zilin Sun, Qifu Li, Guijun Qin, Zheng Wei, Stefan DiMario and Richard H. Chapman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:300

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Despite several studies that have estimated the economic impact of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in infants, limited data are available on healthcare resource use and costs attributable to RSV across age g...

    Authors: Caroline Amand, Sabine Tong, Alexia Kieffer and Moe H. Kyaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:294

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Hospitalization due to dengue illness is an important measure of dengue morbidity. However, limited studies are based on administrative database because the validity of the diagnosis codes is unknown. We valid...

    Authors: Yuan-Liang Woon, Keng-Yee Lee, Siti Fatimah Zahra Mohd Anuar, Pik-Pin Goh and Teck-Onn Lim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:292

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Community-oriented nursing care is an important model of nursing care. Counseling and Nursing Care Service Centers (CNCSCs) have been providing these private services to the Iranian community for nearly two de...

    Authors: Sefollah Alaei, Fatemeh Alhani and Hassan Navipour

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:282

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Rwanda has made tremendous progress in reduction of maternal mortality in the last twenty years. Antenatal care is believed to have played a role in that progress. In late 2016, the World Health Organization p...

    Authors: Regis Hitimana, Lars Lindholm, Gunilla Krantz, Manassé Nzayirambaho and Anni-Maria Pulkki-Brännström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:262

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Telemedical programs for patients with chronic heart failure have shown inconsistent effects on survival and hospitalization. Few studies analyzed effects of telemedical interventions on health costs, although...

    Authors: Robert Herold, Wolfgang Hoffmann and Neeltje van den Berg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:271

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  16. Content type: Research article

    This study compared hospital admission rates among adult patients with schizophrenia who switched to antipsychotic monotherapy with lurasidone or quetiapine.

    Authors: John W. Newcomer, Daisy Ng-Mak, Krithika Rajagopalan and Antony Loebel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:243

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Like other sectors, the healthcare sector has to deal with the issue of users’ acceptance of IT. In healthcare, different factors affecting healthcare professionals’ acceptance of software applications have be...

    Authors: Claudio Vitari and Roxana Ologeanu-Taddei

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:194

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Housing First is an effective intervention to stably house and alter service use patterns in a large proportion of homeless people with mental illness. However, it is unknown whether there are differences in t...

    Authors: Nick Kerman, John Sylvestre, Tim Aubry and Jino Distasio

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:190

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