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The physician assistant (PA) is a relatively new medical specialty that developed to manage the shortage of resident physicians and to ensure that patients receive high-quality health care in today's increasingly complex and demanding medical environment. PAs in Taiwan are not governed by laws...
Objective: To describe and evaluate priority setting in the context of hospital priority setting and more specifically to evaluate the use of an appeals process.
In this article we investigate the use of waiting time data as a performance indicator in health care in The Netherlands. We explain why the current publication of waiting time data fails to achieve one of the main goals: to have consumers and general practitioners act upon this information. The...
Ranking ninth in the world for its contribution to the global burden of tuberculosis (TB), South Africa continues to battle the disease. Within the framework of the World Health Organisation's Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) strategy, attempts have been made to utilize lay health...
In any jurisdiction that takes patient autonomy and patient rights seriously, patient competence is a pivotal concept. Competence, which should be distinguished from criminal responsibility and legal capacity, can be defined as the ability to exercise rights, more in particular the ability to...
It is difficult to estimate precisely the costs of disposable materials used during surgical operations. To evaluate the actual costs of disposable materials, we calculated the actual costs of disposable materials used in 59 operations by taking account of costs of all disposable materials used...
Background: Cigarette smoking during pregnancy is a significant health risk to the developing fetus. In order to develop and implement an appropriate preconceptional and prenatal smoking cessation program a national pregnancy risk survey was done.
The legitimacy of procedures and criteria for determining benefit packages depends crucially on the representation of stakeholders in decision-making bodies, the transparency of procedures and the consistency of benefit decisions. Moreover, the assessment of the costs of healthcare services and...
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