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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

    Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) adopted the Medicare Part D Tier-6 with zero patient copay for zoster vaccination in 2012. We assessed the impact of the implementation on zoster vaccination rate (...

    Authors: Rulin C. Hechter, Lei Qian, Songkai Yan, Yi Luo, Girishanthy Krishnarajah and Hung-Fu Tseng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:503

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Ensuring high enrollment while mobilizing resources through co-payment services is critical to the success of the methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program in Vietnam. This study assessed the willingness o...

    Authors: Bach Xuan Tran, Quyen Le Nguyen, Long Hoang Nguyen, Huong Thu Thi Phan, Huong Thi Le, Tho Dinh Tran, Thuc Thi Minh Vu and Carl A. Latkin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:480

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  3. Content type: Research article

    This study presents data on post-discharge costs of care among patients treated with transcatheter or surgical aortic valve replacement over a two year period.

    Authors: Klaus Kaier, Frederike von Kampen, Hardy Baumbach, Constantin von zur Mühlen, Philip Hehn, Werner Vach, Manfred Zehender, Christoph Bode and Jochen Reinöhl

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:473

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The successful control of cardiovascular diseases at the lowest possible cost requires the use of the most effective and affordable medicines. We aimed to describe the trends in the ambulatory use of medicines...

    Authors: Helena Gama, Carla Torre, José Pedro Guerreiro, Ana Azevedo, Suzete Costa and Nuno Lunet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:449

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Due to extensive literature in the field of lung cancer and their heterogeneous results, the aim of this study was to systematically review of systematic reviews studies which reviewed the cost-effectiveness o...

    Authors: Farbod Ebadifard Azar, Saber Azami-Aghdash, Fatemeh Pournaghi-Azar, Alireza Mazdaki, Aziz Rezapour, Parvin Ebrahimi and Negar Yousefzadeh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:413

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Use of oral anticoagulation therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) involves a trade-off between a reduced risk of ischemic stroke and an increased risk of bleeding events. Different anticoagulation ...

    Authors: Marie Jakobsen, Christophe Kolodziejczyk, Eskild Klausen Fredslund, Peter Bo Poulsen, Lars Dybro and Søren Paaske Johnsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:398

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:690

  7. Content type: Technical advance

    Research addressing value in healthcare requires a measure of cost. While there are many sources and types of cost data, each has strengths and weaknesses. Many researchers appear to create study-specific cost...

    Authors: Sue L. Visscher, James M. Naessens, Barbara P. Yawn, Megan S. Reinalda, Stephanie S. Anderson and Bijan J. Borah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:396

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Frequent use (FU) of hospital services impacts on patients and health service expenditure. Studies examining FU in emergency departments and inpatient settings have found heterogeneity and the need to differen...

    Authors: Adelle M. Springer, John R. Condon, Shu Q. Li and Steven L. Guthridge

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:348

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Psoriasis is a multifactorial, inflammatory, skin disease associated with various comorbidities. The cost of those comorbidities is not well characterized. The present study assesses the incremental burden of ...

    Authors: Steven R. Feldman, Haijun Tian, Isabelle Gilloteau, Patrick Mollon and Meng Shu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:337

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) has the country’s highest incidence and prevalence of kidney disease. Indigenous people from remote areas suffer the heaviest disease burden. Concerns regarding cost and sus...

    Authors: Gillian Gorham, Kirsten Howard, Samantha Togni, Paul Lawton, Jaquelyne Hughes, Sandawana William Majoni, Sarah Brown, Sue Barnes and Alan Cass

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:320

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The goal of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is to eliminate differences in insurance coverage between behavioral health and general medical care. The law requ...

    Authors: Susan H. Busch, Emma E. Mcginty, Elizabeth A. Stuart, Haiden A. Huskamp, Teresa B. Gibson, Howard H. Goldman and Colleen L. Barry

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:315

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Introduction of a health insurance scheme is one of the ways to enhance access to health care services and to protect individuals from catastrophic health expenditures. Little is known on the influence of soci...

    Authors: Ntuli A. Kapologwe, Gibson B. Kagaruki, Albino Kalolo, Mariam Ally, Amani Shao, Manoris Meshack, Manfred Stoermer, Amena Briet, Karin Wiedenmayer and Axel Hoffman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:308

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In Gujarat, India, a state led public private partnership scheme to promote facility birth named Chiranjeevi Yojana (CY) was implemented in 2005. Institutional birth is provided free of cost at accredited private...

    Authors: Sandul Yasobant, Hemant Deepak Shewade, Kranti Suresh Vora, Kristi Sidney Annerstedt, Petros Isaakidis, Nishith B. Dholakia and Dileep V. Mavalankar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:302

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  14. Content type: Research article

    This study seeks to quantify variation in healthcare utilization and per capita costs using system-defined geographic regions based on enrollee residence within the Military Health System (MHS).

    Authors: Linda Kimsey, Samuel Olaiya, Chad Smith, Andrew Hoburg, Stuart R. Lipsitz, Tracey Koehlmoos, Louis L. Nguyen and Joel S. Weissman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:271

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Regular dental attendance is significant in maintaining and improving children’s oral health and well-being. This study aims to determine the factors that predict and influence dental visits in primary school ...

    Authors: James Rufus John, Haider Mannan, Subrat Nargundkar, Mario D’Souza, Loc Giang Do and Amit Arora

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:264

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The evidence assessing differences in medical costs between men and women with diabetes living in the United States is sparse; however, evidence suggests women generally have higher healthcare expenditures com...

    Authors: Joni S. Williams, Kinfe Bishu, Clara E. Dismuke and Leonard E. Egede

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:259

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The increasing numbers of people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a global concern and especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where diabetes must compete for resources with communicable diseases. Diabetes intensifies ...

    Authors: Clarisse Mapa-Tassou, Leopold K. Fezeu, Zakariaou Njoumemi, Eric Lontchi-Yimagou, Eugène Sobngwi and Jean Claude Mbanya

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:262

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Undesirable outcomes in health care are associated with patient harm and substantial excess costs. Coarctation of the aorta (CoA), one of the most common congenital heart diseases, can be repaired with stentin...

    Authors: Maximilian Salcher, Alistair Mcguire, Vivek Muthurangu, Marcus Kelm, Titus Kuehne and Huseyin Naci

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:258

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