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Effect of private health insurance on health care utilization in a universal public insurance system: A case of South Korea.
We compared the health care utilization and subsequent expenditure according to whether or not and how many PHIs are purchased, controlling for the endogeneity of insurance purchase by propensity score matching method and Heckman-type treatment effect model. The results of this study show that the p...
Unannounced, compared with announced inspections: A systematic review and exploratory study in nursing homes.
Politicians and regulators have high expectations of unannounced inspections. Unannounced inspections, unlike announced ones, would, they believe, lead to a clearer insight into the risks and a reduction of the regulatory burden. In order to verify these assumptions, a systematic review of the scien...
Diagnostic procedures and treatment of childhood obesity by pediatricians: 'The Dutch approach'.
Child Public Health professionals in the Netherlands refer obese children to a pediatrician to check for underlying causes and comorbidity. What happens to these children in terms of diagnostics and treatment when they visit a pediatrician? To get an overview of the diagnostic procedures and treatme...
The association between the availability of ambulatory care and non-emergency treatment in emergency medicine departments: a comprehensive a...
To quantify dynamic availability of ambulatory care, and to examine possible associations with non-emergency treatments in emergency departments (EDs). Longitudinal data from the Taiwan National health Insurance Research Database were used to evaluate 749,584 emergency-medicine cases occurring betwe...
Effects of pay for performance in health care: a systematic review of systematic reviews.
A vast amount of literature on effects of pay-for-performance (P4P) in health care has been published. However, the evidence has become fragmented and it has become challenging to grasp the information included in it. To provide a comprehensive overview of effects of P4P in a broad sense by synthesi...
Explaining governmental involvement in home care across Europe: an international comparative study.
The involvement of governments in the home care sector strongly varies across Europe. This study aims to explain the differences through the conditions for the involvement of informal care and governments in society; wealth and the demographic structure. As this study could combine qualitative data...
Here today, gone tomorrow: the issue attention cycle and national print media coverage of prescription drug financing in Canada.
We thus examined the quantity, context, and patterns of coverage of public drug financing in national print media in Canada from 1990 to 2010. We conducted a time series analysis of monthly newspaper article counts to quantify trends in coverage and analyzed article content by applying Down's theory...
Inpatient Palliative Care: A nationwide analysis.
The implementation of palliative care (PC) is an important challenge for health policy makers. The primary aim of this study was to analyze the effects of inpatient PC for cancer patients in the last six months of life. Based on routine data of a nationwide sickness fund, a retrospective matched-pai...
International application of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxation in obesity reduction: factors that may influence policy effectiveness i...
Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxation is becoming of increasing interest as a policy aimed at addressing the rising prevalence of obesity in many countries. Preliminary evidence indicates its potential to not only reduce obesity prevalence, but also generate public revenue. However, differences in...
Enhancing public trust in the food safety regulatory system.
It is worth examining how public health agencies can enhance the public's trust in the food safety regulatory system. This paper will focus on the food safety system, which can be defined as those involved in the safe manufacture, storage, handling, display, distribution, sale or offer for sale, pre...