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Volume 16, Issue 4 - Dec 2006
Volume 16, Issue 3 - Sep 2006
Volume 16, Issue 2 - Jun 2006
Volume 16, Issue 1 - Mar 2006
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Combined utilization with herbal products and prescribed drugs: A result from health examinee-based national survey
Park, Jong-Ku ; Choi, Seo-Young ; Koh, Kwang-Wook ; Yu, Jun-Sang ; Kim, Tae-Hun ; Sohn, Dong-Kook ; Hong, Ju-Hee ; Song, Sung-Eun ; Kim, Chun-Bae ;
Health Policy and Management, volume 16, issue 1, 2006, Pages 1~16
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2006.16.1.001
Recently, there has been prevailing of the combined utilization (CU) with herbs and prescribed drugs in medical therapies in the world. But the information about frequency, efficacy and safety of this CU has not well known in Korea, yet. This study aimed to identify the status of CU by Koreans, and to inquire which side effects of CU represent to those people. A self-completed questionnaire survey was performed through each health examination center in twenty general hospitals and one oriental hospital. Of the initial 2,100 health examinees, 1,851 were participated in this survey, resulting in a response rate of 88.1%. The proportion of CD was 26.3%. The most commonly mentioned reason of CD was `to promote general health and well-being` (17l persons, 35.5%). The main route of taking CD was self-purchase at drugstore or at herbs market, followed by the prescription of (oriental)physicians. 33.0% (151 persons) of those who took the CD rated it as effective. 93 respondents (19.8%) were experienced several adverse effects including nausea, fatigue, and dizziness. The growing simultaneous use of herbal products and pharmaceutical drugs by Korean consumers may be continuously increased the risk of herb-drug interactions. The medical professionals should be provided with comprehensive and up-to-date information about potential benefits and risks of herbs and prescribed drugs. In the future studies it may be recommended to deal common cold, health promotion, indigestion, headache, and hypertension for the effect and safety of the CD by well-organized prospective study design.
Development and Evaluation of Korean Ambulatory Patient Groups
Park, Ha-Young ; Kang, Gil-Won ; Koh, Young ;
Health Policy and Management, volume 16, issue 1, 2006, Pages 17~40
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2006.16.1.017
With the prospect of rapidly growing health insurance expenditures, particularly spending for ambulatory care, the introduction of a case-based payment method is discussed as an alternative to the current fee-for-service based method. A system to measure case mixes of providers is a core component of such payment systems. The objective of this study were to develop a classification system for ambulatory care, Korean Ambulatory Patient Group (KAPG) based on the U.S. APG version 2.0 and to evaluate the classification accuracy of the system. A database of 64,258,386 records was constructed from insurance claims submitted to the Health Insurance Review Agency (HIRA) during three months from August 2002. A total of 41,347,307 records with a single visit was used for the development and 7% random sample of the database was used for the evaluation. Additional groups were defined to include both physician and hospital fees in the classification, age splits were added to classify the entire population as well as the population older than 65, and the definition of medical groups used by the HIRA was adopted. The variance reduction in charges achieved by KAPGs was computed to evaluate the accuracy of classification. A total of 474 KAPGs was defined compare to 290 groups in the U.S. APG. The variance reduction for charges of all visits ranged from 20% to 37% depending on the type of provider, and ranged from 22% to 42% for non-outliers, that were better than those achieved by the system currently used by the .HIRA for its internal review purpose. Although further study is required to improve the classification for complicated care in larger hospitals, the results indicated that KAPGs could be used for better management of costs for ambulatory care.
The Linkage of Health Care and Social Services for the Elderly in Jeonnam Province and its Related Factors
Rhee, Jung-Ae ; Chung, Eun-Kyung ; Ham, Cheol-Ho ; Lee, Young-Hun ;
Health Policy and Management, volume 16, issue 1, 2006, Pages 41~53
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2006.16.1.041
This study was carried out to investigate the linkage between health care and social services for the elderly in Jeonnam Province and its related factors. The subjects were 831 persons of visiting health service workers and social welfare workers in Jeonnam Province who responded the mail questionnaire (85.5% respondse rate). The data were collected from 15th May to 30th June, 2004 using the structured questionnaire. It was composed of the socio-demographic characteristics, the content and frequency of services referred between health care and social welfare workers, and interdisciplinary perception. Data was analysed by SPSS for Windows 12.0. 374(45.0%) reported having experience of service cooperation between health care and social welfare workers for the last three month. The most service that health care workers requested to social welfare workers was to get information for the client, on the other hand the most service that social welfare workers requested to health care workers was to visit and treat the elderly. These service providers in rural area and good attitude toward the cooperation between health care and social welfare service showed more linkage. The findings of this study could provide the basic data for the development of efficient coordinating program of health and welfare.
Analyses of the Non-Examinees` Characteristics for the Effective Health Screening Management
Lee, Ae-Kyung ; Lee, Sun-Mi ; Park, Il-Su ;
Health Policy and Management, volume 16, issue 1, 2006, Pages 54~72
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2006.16.1.054
This study was conducted as the primary work to develop a customer relationship management (CRM) system to improve the performance of health screening programs. The specific aims of the study was to identify and classify the characteristics of the people who did not receive their health screening using decision trees and to propose management strategies according to their characteristics identified. The data on a total of 5,102,761 subjects of health screening provided by the National Health Insurance Program in the year of 2002 were used. The target variable was whether they underwent their health screening. The input variables included a total of 27. The SAS 9.1 version was used for data preprocessing and statistical analyses. SAS Enterprise Miner was used to develop the decision trees model. The decision trees identified the factors greatly affecting the health screening. In the non-disease group, the highest rate of non-examinees was characterized by: no experience of receiving a health screen, household`s age, non-insured episode for the last one year, and patients` age. In the disease group, the one showing the highest rate of non-examinees was characterized by: no experience of receiving a health screening, no experience of going to public health center or midwife clinic for the last one year, and examinees` age. Developing CRM systems for health screening management taking into account the individual characteristics would be considerably helpful to increase the rate of receiving health screening.
Priority setting for expanding health insurance benefit package using Analytic Hierarchy Process
Choi, Sook-Ja ; Ko, Su-Kyoung ; Kim, Jung-Hee ; Lee, Sang-Yi ;
Health Policy and Management, volume 16, issue 1, 2006, Pages 73~94
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2006.16.1.073
This study was carried out to show how the Analytic Hierarchy Process technique could be used in setting the priority among selected diseases to increase the range of health insurance benefit. Thirty experts, including doctors (group1), experts for preventive medicine or public health(group2), and representatives of the insured(group 3), participated in the study panel that is conducted for priority setting. They were asked to evaluate the priorities among 6 selected criteria and then 42 selected diseases. The results were as follows; First, representatives of the insured think that the magnitude of out-of-pocket payment should have high priority while doctors think that effectiveness of treatment should have high priority. Second, all experts think that catastrophic diseases such as malignant neoplasm, major heart disease, and cerebral vascular disease should have high priority in health insurance coverage even though there is little difference among groups. These results can be useful to establish a systematic strategy for expanding health insurance benefit package.
Estimation of Willingness to Pay for Long-Term Care Insurance Using the Contingent Valuation Method
Lee, Tae-Jin ; Lee, Sue-Hyung ;
Health Policy and Management, volume 16, issue 1, 2006, Pages 95~116
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2006.16.1.095
According to rapid increase of the population of senior citizens, there has been growing concern of Long-Tenn Care(LTC) services recently. Long-Tenn Care services, however, haven`t been established systematically in Korea and the supply of LTC services is not sufficient despite the increase in the current social demand. This study aims to estimate the `Willingness to Pay(WTP)` for LTC insurance which the government plans to introduce by means of social insurance, using Contingent Valuation Method(CYM). In addition, this study analyzes the factors affecting WTP for LTC insurance. An interview survey was carried out to derive WTP for LTC from 450 people who lived in Seoul aged 20 and above during the period from 16th to 21st of June 2003. Double-Bounded Dichotomous Choice Method was applied among several CVMs available to estimate both use value and no-use value of goods. There was pilot survey carried out prior to the main survey. The results show that the average monthly. WTP for LTC provided in home and residential setting is 18,192Won and 19,293Won, respectively. In the case of home care, WTP goes higher depending on reliability of LTC insurance policy and need for LTC insurance, as well as marital status, education and average monthly income. On the contrary, WTP is conversely affected by higher age and higher bids. In the case of institutional care, the factors affecting WTP are similar to those of home care, except age. This study followed NOAA`s suggestions generally and the value derived through survey could be reliable. However, there can be the least bias in the process of survey because the CVM should be used under the supposed circumstances. Despite those limitations, it can be concluded that the amount the citizens are willing to pay for LTC is high enough to meet the costs needed to provide LTC.
A Study on Medical Service Quality affecting Value of Care and Patient Satisfaction - Focusing outpatients in a Large-size Hospital
Kim, Yang-Kyun ; Cho, Chul-Ho ;
Health Policy and Management, volume 16, issue 1, 2006, Pages 117~139
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2006.16.1.117
The role of medical service quality to provide patients enhances influence on the hospital performance under being severe competition among the large size hospitals and increasing the right of patients. When a large hospital perceived factors of quality that a customer expects and feels value of care and it invests its resources to improve the factors of quality, it can get successful performances. Therefore, the purpose of the study explores the factors of quality affecting the trust of care and the patient satisfaction, and tests relationship among the trust of care, patient satisfaction and revisit intention. When considering the factors, a large size hospital can increase the trust of care and the patient satisfaction, through this process the hospital can assure patients' revisit and increase its revenue. This study uses interview data on outpatients visiting clinics in about 1000 beds sized training hospital located in Seoul. This study uses casual relationship model for the analysis. This study finds that 1) the trust of care and the procedure of care significantly influence the value of care felt by patients, 2) the trust of care, quality of doctors' care, procedure of care significantly influence the patient satisfaction, 3) the trust of care increases the patient satisfaction, and 4) the value of care and the patient satisfaction increase revisit intention.