Efficient Management of Healthcare Resources: An Investigation of Correlates of Respiratory Diseases

Pi-Fang Hsu; Zhin-Li Kao
June 2008
International Journal of Management;Jun2008, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p217
Academic Journal
Although implementation of the national health insurance (NHI) scheme in Taiwan has ensured that over 97% of all residents are under coverage, inefficient utilization of medical resources and rapid expansion of NHI-related medical expenditures have severely strained governmental and societal resources. This study analyzes the utilization of healthcare resources for first category insured diagnosed with respiratory system diseases in the Northern Region Bureau of National Health Insurance (NRBNHI) in Taiwan. This study adopts two statistical analysis approaches: independent two sample t-test and one-way analysis of variance (one-way ANOVA). Results provide a valuable reference point that age, income and provider type are significantly affects utilization of healthcare resources, but the region does not impact outpatient expenditures.


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