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BMC Health Services Research

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

    Inpatient care for children with severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) is expensive, with inpatient charges averaging over $70,000 per case (Hospital Inpatient, Children Only, National Statistics. Diagnoses– cl...

    Authors: Steven W. Howard, Zidong Zhang, Paula Buchanan, Stephanie L. Bernell, Christine Williams, Lindsey Pearson, Michael Huetsch, Jeff Gill and Jose A. Pineda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:20

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    A rapid increase of Medicaid expenditures has been a serious concern, and housing stability has been discussed as a means to reduce Medicaid costs. A program evaluation of a New York City supportive housing pr...

    Authors: Sungwoo Lim, Qi Gao, Elsa Stazesky, Tejinder P. Singh, Tiffany G. Harris and Amber Levanon Seligson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:15

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Dengue fever is rapidly expanding geographically, with about half of the world’s population now at risk. Among the various diagnostic options, rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are convenient and prompt, but limit...

    Authors: Jacqueline Kyungah Lim, Neal Alexander and Gian Luca Di Tanna

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:850

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  4. Content type: Research article

    China is reforming the way it finances health care as it moves towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) after the failure of market-oriented mechanisms for health care. Improving financing equity is a major pol...

    Authors: Mingsheng Chen, Andrew J. Palmer and Lei Si

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:852

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    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease with a high socioeconomic impact. The aim of this study was to assess healthcare resources utilization and costs in a sample of patients with MS.

    Authors: Antoni Sicras-Mainar, Elena Ruíz-Beato, Ruth Navarro-Artieda and Jorge Maurino

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:854

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Generic substitution in several countries has become a common practice. Besides, it is considered as a major cost minimizing strategy meant to contain pharmaceutical expenditure without compromising healthcare...

    Authors: Naser Y. Shraim, Tasneem A. Al Taha, Rawan F. Qawasmeh, Hiba N. Jarrar, Maram A. N. Shtaya, Lama A. Shayeb and Waleed M. Sweileh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:847

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  7. Content type: Research article

    World Health Organisation recommends routine Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination for girls when its cost-effectiveness in the country or region has been duly considered. We therefore aimed to evaluate cost...

    Authors: Obinna I. Ekwunife and Stefan K. Lhachimi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:815

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  8. Content type: Research article

    We examined the association of dialysis facility characteristics with payment reductions and change in clinical performance measures during the first year of the United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid S...

    Authors: Milda R. Saunders, Haena Lee and Marshall H. Chin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:816

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In South Africa, the financing and sustainability of HIV services is a priority. Community-based HIV testing services (CB-HTS) play a vital role in diagnosis and linkage to HIV care for those least likely to u...

    Authors: Sue-Ann Meehan, Nulda Beyers and Ronelle Burger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:801

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of planning for future health and personal care. A person’s values and preferences are made known so that they can guide decision making at a future time when that pers...

    Authors: Kim-Huong Nguyen, Marcus Sellars, Meera Agar, Sue Kurrle, Adele Kelly and Tracy Comans

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:797

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Like much of the developed world, healthcare costs in Canada are rising. A small proportion of patients account for a large proportion of healthcare spending and much of this spending occurs in acute care sett...

    Authors: Babak Rashidi, Daniel M. Kobewka, David J. T. Campbell, Alan J. Forster and Paul E. Ronksley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:777

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists are often recommended as part of combination therapy for type 2 diabetes when oral medication does not result in sufficient glycemic control. Several GLP-1 rec...

    Authors: Louis S. Matza, Kristina S. Boye, Katie D. Stewart, Evan W. Davies and Rosirene Paczkowski

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:774

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  13. Content type: Research article

    A comprehensive Compensation Plan for pharmacy services delivered by community pharmacists was implemented in Alberta, Canada in July 2012. Services covered by the Compensation Plan include care planning servi...

    Authors: Christine A. Hughes, Rene R. Breault, Deborah Hicks and Theresa J. Schindel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:770

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Several stakeholders have undertaken initiatives to propose solutions towards a more sustainable health system and Spain, as an example of a European country affected by austerity measures, is looking for ways...

    Authors: David Cantarero-Prieto, Marta Pascual-Sáez and Noelia Gonzalez-Prieto

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:716

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Women and children constitute a large proportion of any population. They are the most vulnerable to morbidity and mortality especially in developing countries. In many situations the problem of poor maternal a...

    Authors: C. C. Agunwa, I. E. Obi, A. C. Ndu, I. B. Omotowo, C. A. Idoko, A. K. Umeobieri and E. C. Aniwada

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:715

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    Generic medicines are essential to controlling health expenditures. Their market share is still small in France. The discourse and practices of prescribers may play a major role in their use. The purpose of th...

    Authors: Béatrice Riner, Adèle Bussy, Jeannie Hélène-Pelage, Nycrees Moueza, Sébastien Lamy and Philippe Carrère

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:707

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  17. Content type: Research article

    In the last 20–30 years, many international studies have found substantial differences in the use of (older) psychotropic medication between European countries. The majority mentioned an important role for att...

    Authors: J. M. Hoebert, A. K. Mantel-Teeuwisse, H. G. M. Leufkens and L. van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:702

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) initiative was introduced to improve coverage and utilization of basic health services for people in remote rural communities whose use of orthodox healt...

    Authors: Kenneth Wiru, Akwasi Kumi-Kyereme, Emmanuel N. Mahama, Seeba Amenga-Etego and Seth Owusu-Agyei

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:679

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