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Health policy, reform, governance and law

Section edited by Antoni Plasencia and Fabrizio Tediosi

This section aims to publish studies looking at actions taken by governments and policy changes made to advance the public's health and health care delivery. The section also accepts studies on law, rules and regulations affecting the health care industry and their application to health care patients and providers.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    In Canada, government insurance covers eye care services provided by ophthalmologists and other physicians. However, government coverage for services provided by optometrists, non-medical school trained primar...

    Authors: A. M. Khan, G. E. Trope, R. Wedge, Y. M. Buys, S. El-Defrawy, Q. Chen and Y. P. Jin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:273

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  2. Content type: Debate

    A vast and heated debate is arising in Switzerland as a result of some recent citizens’ initiatives aimed at introducing compulsory dental health care insurance. The Grand Conseils of the Vaud, Geneva, and Neu...

    Authors: Enrico di Bella, Ivo Krejci, Stefano Ardu, Lucia Leporatti and Marcello Montefiori

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:272

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  3. Content type: Research article

    For the last decades, the international community has emphasised the importance of a multisectoral approach to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM/C). While considerable improvement concerning legislations a...

    Authors: R. Elise B. Johansen, Mai Mahgoub Ziyada, Bettina Shell-Duncan, Adriana Marcusàn Kaplan and Els Leye

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:240

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Gatekeeper policy, requiring a patient to visit a primary care provider first, and the patient needs to get his or her primary care provider’s referral before seeing a specialist or going to a hospital, has be...

    Authors: Wenzhen Li, Dongming Wang, Yong Gan, Yanfeng Zhou, Yawen Chen, Jing Li, Naomiem Kkandawire, Sai Hu, Yan Qiao and Zuxun Lu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:241

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  5. Content type: Research article

    While many new medications may offer advantages over existing drugs, some newer drugs are reformulations of existing products that provide little innovation or incremental benefit while driving up drug costs. ...

    Authors: Manvi Sharma, Aisha Vadhariya, Michael L. Johnson, Zachary A. Marcum and Holly M. Holmes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:236

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  6. Content type: Research article

    In recent years, an increasing number of states have enacted laws that impose specific requirements for facilities in which abortions are performed. In this study, we sought to understand the processes used to...

    Authors: Nancy F. Berglas and Sarah C. M. Roberts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:212

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The perception of male involvement (MI) in maternal child health services is multifaceted and differs among varying programs and populations. In the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) context, ...

    Authors: Alinane L. Nyondo-Mipando, Angela F. Chimwaza and Adamson S. Muula

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:187

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Genetic counseling by a Genetic Counselor (GC) is a requirement prior to genetic testing for cancer susceptibility genes (GC-mandate policy) for some insurers. This study evaluated the impact of this policy fr...

    Authors: David D. Stenehjem, Trang Au, Amy M. Sainski, Hillevi Bauer, Krystal Brown, Johnathan Lancaster, Vanessa Stevens and Diana I. Brixner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:165

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Integration of family planning services into HIV care was implemented in South Africa as a core strategy aimed at reducing unintended pregnancies among childbearing women living with HIV. However, it is unclea...

    Authors: Oladele Vincent Adeniyi, Anthony Idowu Ajayi, Mayowa Gabriel Moyaki, Daniel Ter Goon, Gordana Avramovic and John Lambert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:140

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Despite recent reforms, distorting funding mechanisms and over-prescribing still maintain severe financial barriers to medicines access in China. Complicated and interrelated problems in the pharmaceutical sec...

    Authors: Jing Sun, Cecile Jia Hu, Mark Stuntz, Hans Hogerzeil and Yuanli Liu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:125

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Rare diseases are, by definition, very serious and chronic diseases with a high negative impact on quality of life. Approximately 350 million people worldwide live with rare diseases. The resulting high diseas...

    Authors: Ana Babac, Martin Frank, Frédéric Pauer, Svenja Litzkendorf, Daniel Rosenfeldt, Verena Lührs, Lisa Biehl, Tobias Hartz, Holger Storf, Franziska Schauer, Thomas O. F. Wagner and J-Matthias Graf von der Schulenburg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:99

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  12. Content type: Debate

    To date, few studies have assessed how Brazil’s universal healthcare system’s (SUS, Sistema Único de Saúde) systemic, infrastructural, and geographical challenges affect individuals’ abilities to access organ ...

    Authors: Eduardo J. Gómez, Sven Jungmann and Agnaldo Soares Lima

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:90

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In 2013 the Swiss Diagnosis Related Groups ((Swiss)-DRG) was implemented in Intensive Care Units (ICU). Its impact on hospitalizations has not yet been examined. We compared the number of ICU admissions, accor...

    Authors: Lionel Chok, Esther B. Bachli, Peter Steiger, Dominique Bettex, Silvia R. Cottini, Emanuela Keller, Marco Maggiorini and Reto A. Schuepbach

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:84

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Citizen participation in health service co-production is increasingly enacted. A reason for engaging community members is to co-design services that are locally-appropriate and harness local assets. To date, m...

    Authors: Jane Farmer, Karen Carlisle, Virginia Dickson-Swift, Simon Teasdale, Amanda Kenny, Judy Taylor, Felicity Croker, Karen Marini and Mark Gussy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:68

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Prolonged hospital discharge boarding can impact patient flow resulting in upstream Emergency Department crowding. We aim to determine the risks predicting prolonged hospital discharge boarding and their direc...

    Authors: Sajid A. Shaikh, Richard D. Robinson, Radhika Cheeti, Shyamanand Rath, Chad D. Cowden, Frank Rosinia, Nestor R. Zenarosa and Hao Wang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:59

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  16. Content type: Research article

    For more than 30 years policy action across sectors has been celebrated as a necessary and viable way to affect the social factors impacting on health. In particular intersectoral action on the social determin...

    Authors: Ditte Heering Holt, Morten Hulvej Rod, Susanne Boch Waldorff and Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:54

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The accuracy of clinical coding is crucial in the assignment of Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) codes, especially if the hospital is using Casemix System as a tool for resource allocations and efficiency monit...

    Authors: S. A. Zafirah, Amrizal Muhammad Nur, Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh and Syed Mohamed Aljunid

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:38

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) to penalize hospitals with excessive 30-day hospital readmissions of Medicare enrollees for specific...

    Authors: Lauren E. Birmingham and Willie H. Oglesby

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:31

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Prescription opioids have been linked to over half of the 28,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2014. High rates of prescription opioid non-medical use have continued despite nearly all states implementing large-sc...

    Authors: Morhaf Al Achkar, Shaun Grannis, Debra Revere, Palmer MacKie, Meredith Howard and Sumedha Gupta

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:29

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