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Introduction and aim The Department of Health in South Africa, instituted compulsory community service (CS) as one strategy to overcome the chronic shortage of health professionals in underserved and rural areas. A number of articles have listed the reasons for the lack of willingness of health...
In 1997, Austria has changed the hospital financing system from a per diem-based payment scheme to a per case-based one. This paper assesses whether this reform has influenced the hospital length of stay. Empirically, we use data for 20 diagnostic groups (according to the ICD10) from the nine...
Introduction Population Impact is a criterion that can enhance prevention practices and provide a solid foundation for integrating policies and programs for prevention. However, to quantify the population impact of programs a statistical measure is needed. The objective of this article is to (a)...
Purpose To estimate healthcare demand elasticity and evaluate the impact of deductible/co-payment policy changes for prescription drugs on the use of drugs and physician visits among seniors with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in British Columbia (BC), Canada.
End-of-life care poses a growing clinical and policy concern since most people who are dying utilize health-care services during this period of life. Hence, end-of-life care is a common and integral part of the care provided by health-care systems. There is a growing call for the implementation...
Background Over the past few years, students in Germany have been dropping out of medical school at increasing rates, and the number of physicians choosing to work abroad or in non-medical professions has been growing. A recent study (the “Ramboll Study”) commissioned by the Health Ministry...
In the UK, policy on the governance of medical performance is characterised by a continuing struggle between state and profession for control of the agenda setting, formation and implementation stages of the policy process. Since 1998 both sides have continued to produce policies in response to...
The main objective of this comparative analysis was to assess regulations applied by EU governments to reward potentially innovative drugs. We focused on the pharmaceutical policy for in-patent drugs in seven EU countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK. A...
This paper reports on an evaluation study of two deliberative methods of public participation of the “hard-to-reach” in food-policy development—the citizens’ workshop and the citizens’ jury. The participation was conducted on a live food-policy topic (food retailing) and the specific...
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