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Saturnin Bertrand Nguenda Anya, Atanase Yene
This paper seeks to identify the determinants of the choice of treatment of pregnant women in Cameroon. Theoretically, the methodology is based on a discrete choice model with random utility. Empirically, the econometric specification is a Nested Multinomial Logit Model. The data used comes from the Demographic Health Survey (DHS) organized in 2011 by the National Institute of Statistics. The results reveal that uneducated women or those having only a primary education prefer to meet the traditional midwives than seek modern maternal health services...
December 2016: Health Economics Review
Danielle Horyniak, Miguel Pinedo, Jose Luis Burgos, Victoria D Ojeda
Deported migrants face numerous challenges which may elevate their risk for drug use. We examined relationships between integration and drug use among deported migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. A cross-sectional survey conducted at a free health clinic included 255 deported Mexican-born migrants residing in Tijuana ≥6 months. Multivariable logistic regression examined associations between variables across four integration domains (public participation, social connections, macro-level facilitators and foundations) and recent (past 6-month) drug use...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Xiaolei Song, Guanyang Zou, Wen Chen, Siqi Han, Xia Zou, Li Ling
OBJECTIVE: To describe the self-reported health status and service utilization of employed, retired and unemployed migrants in Guangzhou, a mega-city in southern China. METHODS: Cross-sectional study adapted from National Health Service Survey between September and December in 2014. Based on the distribution of occupation of migrants, multi-stage sampling was used to recruit individuals. Logistic regression was applied to explore the factors influencing their service utilization...
October 24, 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Kimberly A Kilfoyle, Roxanne Vrees, Christina A Raker, Kristen A Matteson
BACKGROUND: Emergency department use is common among pregnant women. Non-urgent emergency department use may represent care that would be better provided by an established obstetric provider in an ambulatory setting. OBJECTIVE: To identify socio-demographic factors associated with non-urgent emergency department use in pregnancy. STUDY DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional study of women recruited during their postpartum hospitalization. Data regarding prenatal care and emergency department visits was collected from medical records; participants completed a survey with questions regarding demographics and emergency department use...
October 20, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Paibul Suriyawongpaisal, Wichai Aekplakorn, Samrit Srithamrongsawat, Chaisit Srithongchai, Orawan Prasitsiriphon, Rassamee Tansirisithikul
BACKGROUND: Although bodies of evidence on copayment effects on access to care and quality of care in general have not been conclusive, allowing copayment in the case of emergency medical conditions might pose a high risk of delayed treatment leading to avoidable disability or death. METHODS: Using mixed-methods approach to draw evidence from multiple sources (over 40,000 records of administrative dataset of Thai emergency medical services, in-depth interviews, telephone survey of users and documentary review), we are were able to shed light on the existence of copayment and its related factors in the Thai healthcare system despite the presence of universal health coverage since 2001...
October 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
K Malkiewicz, E Malkiewicz, K A Eaton, E Widström
Poland is one of the largest European countries in terms of area and population. The country's economic situation does not allow for the allocation of sufficient public funds for healthcare in general and oral healthcare in particular. The health policy of the state focuses primarily on prophylaxis and treatment of diseases, directly threatening the health and lives of the inhabitants. Currently, expenditure on oral health accounts for only 2.7% of the public funds allocated to healthcare. In this context, providing oral care financed from public funds at an appropriate level constitutes a challenge for state institutions, centres providing medical and dental services and private practices...
October 21, 2016: British Dental Journal
Ajaratu Keshinro, Ioannis Hatzaras, Kenneth Rifkind, Shubhada Dhage, Kathie-Ann Joseph
INTRODUCTION: Cancer screening is a key component of primary care, and access to regular screening mammography (SMG) is highly dependent on recommendation and referral by a primary care provider (PCP). Women with no health insurance or who are underinsured often lack access to a regular PCP and thus access to routine screening. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 173 surgical patients diagnosed between January 2012 and December 2013. The main outcome variables were PCP status, method of cancer detection, and breast cancer stage at diagnosis...
October 20, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Joseph E Tanenbaum, Vincent J Alentado, Jacob A Miller, Daniel Lubelski, Edward C Benzel, Thomas E Mroz
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Lumbar fusion is a common and costly procedure in the United States. Reimbursement for surgical procedures is increasingly tied to care quality and patient safety as part of value-based reimbursement programs. The incidence of adverse quality events among lumbar fusion patients is unknown using the definition of care quality (patient safety indicators [PSI]) utilized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The association between insurance status and the incidence of PSI is similarly unknown in lumbar fusion patients...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Jianhua Chen, Hai Yu, Hengjin Dong
BACKGROUND: Many countries are developing health mechanisms to pursue the goal of universal coverage. In China, a rural health insurance system entitled New Cooperative Medical System (NCMS) has being developed since 2003. This paper aims to explore the changes in the health service needs and utilization among rural residents in Ningbo, China after the implementation of the new rural cooperative medical system (NCMS), and provide evidence to further improve the strategies of NCMS in China...
October 20, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Maa-Ohui Quarmyne, Wei Dong, Rodney Theodore, Sonia Anand, Vaughn Barry, Olufolake Adisa, Iris D Buchanan, James Bost, Robert C Brown, Clinton H Joiner, Peter A Lane
The clinical efficacy of hydroxyurea in patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA) has been well established. However, data about its clinical effectiveness in practice is limited. We evaluated the clinical effectiveness of hydroxyurea in a large pediatric population using a retrospective cohort, pre-post treatment study design to control for disease severity selection bias. The cohort included children with SCA (SS, Sβ(0) thalassemia) who received care at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and who initiated hydroxyurea in 2009-2011...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Yan-Ning Li, Dong-Xiao Nong, Bo Wei, Qi-Ming Feng, Hong-Ye Luo
BACKGROUND: Healthcare in China has significantly improved, meanwhile many  socio-economic risk factors and health conditions factors affect accessibility and utilization of health services in rural areas. Inequity of health service in China needs to  be estimated and reduced. Andersen behavioral model is useful to assess the association of health service utilization with predisposing, enabling, and need factors. METHODS: A survey was conducted among 4634 residents of 897 households in 2012...
October 19, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Melinda Wolboldt, Barbara Saltzman, Patrick Tenbrink, Khaled Shahrour, Samay Jain
INTRODUCTION: With healthcare reform, cost and patient satisfaction will directly affect hospital reimbursement. We present data on same day discharge (SDD) for patients who underwent robot assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP). METHODS: Patient data were gathered in an IRB approved database. In April 2015, surgeon (SJ) began SDD. The SDD protocol for RALP includes multimodal anesthesia/analgesia and extended recovery. Interim analysis revealed that government insurance (CMS) refused hospital reimbursement for SDD...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Endourology
Marc-André Blanchette, Michèle Rivard, Clermont E Dionne, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Ivan Steenstra
BACKGROUND: Few studies have compared the factors that drive patients' decision to choose a chiropractor, physician or physiotherapist as their first healthcare provider for occupational back pain. The purpose of this study is to identify characteristics associated with the choice of first healthcare provider seen for acute uncomplicated occupational back pain. METHODS: We analyzed data collected by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board from a cohort of workers with compensated back pain in 2005 in Ontario (Canada)...
October 18, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Khaled J Saleh, William O Shaffer
In 2015, the US Congress passed legislation entitled the Medicare Access and CHIP [Children's Health Insurance Program] Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which led to the formation of two reimbursement paradigms: the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs). The MACRA effectively repealed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula while combining several CMS quality-reporting programs. As such, MACRA represents an unparalleled acceleration toward reimbursement models that recognize value rather than volume...
November 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Choung Ah Lee, Joon Pil Cho, Sang Cheon Choi, Hyuk Hoon Kim, Ju Ok Park
OBJECTIVE: Discharge against medical advice (DAMA) from the emergency department (ED) accounts for 0.1% to 2.7% of all ED discharges. DAMA carries a risk of increased mortality and readmissions. Our aim was to investigate the general characteristics of DAMA patients and the differences between them and non-DAMA patients. METHODS: We reviewed data collected by the National Emergency Medical Center between 2010 and 2011. Subjects were categorized into 2 groups, namely, the DAMA group and the non-DAMA group...
June 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Chun-Che Huang, Yu-Tung Huang, Ming-Ping Wu
OBJECTIVE: Limited information is available on health issues during pregnancy and after childbirth among nurses, especially on a nationwide level. This study thus aimed to compare antenatal and perinatal complications between nurses and nonmedical working women in Taiwan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This nationwide population-based study was conducted using data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. A total of 44,166 nurses and 442,107 nonmedical working women with full-time employment, aged 20-50 years, who gave birth to singletons were identified between 2007 and 2011...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Ahmed E Arafa, Amel A Mohamed, Manal M Anwar
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Blood-borne pathogens (BBP) [hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV] pose a considerable infectious risk for nurses, resulting in unwanted health outcomes and psychological stress. AIM OF THE WORK: This study aimed to assess the knowledge and practices of nurses and define administrative roles regarding in BBP and infection control (IC) measures in selected Beni-Suef Hospitals. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out from December 2014 to January 2015 using a self-administered questionnaire...
September 2016: Journal of the Egyptian Public Health Association
Jaeyong Shin, Young Choi, Sang Gyu Lee, Tae Hyun Kim, Eun-Cheol Park
Unnecessary use of high-quality resources in general hospitals hinders treatment of patients with urgent and complicated conditions. Thus, the Korean Government has sought to reduce general hospital visiting of patients with 52 mild diseases, including hypertension. The higher cost sharing for medical expenses and medications from general hospitals were enacted in 2009 and 2011, respectively.We determined whether these regulations were effective through evaluating changing trends in first-visited healthcare organizations and defined the first visiting healthcare organization level (primary clinics, hospital, and general hospital) as an outcome measure...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Mariam F Eskander, Lindsay A Bliss, Ellen P McCarthy, Susanna W L de Geus, Sing Chau Ng, Deborah Nagle, James R Rodrigue, Jennifer F Tseng
BACKGROUND: Insurance impacts access to therapeutic options, yet little is known about how healthcare reform might change the pattern of surgical admissions. OBJECTIVE: We compared rates of emergent admissions and outcomes after colectomy before and after reform in Massachusetts with a nationwide control group. DESIGN: This study is a retrospective cohort analysis in a natural experiment. Prereform was defined as hospital discharge from 2002 through the second quarter of 2006 and postreform from the third quarter of 2006 through 2012...
November 2016: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
David M Dror, Arpita Chakraborty, Atanu Majumdar, Pradeep Panda, Ruth Koren
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: The evidence-base of the impact of community-based health insurance (CBHI) on access to healthcare and financial protection in India is weak. We investigated the impact of CBHI in rural Uttar Pradesh and Bihar s0 tates of India on insured households' self-medication and financial position. METHODS: Data originated from (i) household surveys, and (ii) the Management Information System of each CBHI. Study design was "staggered implementation" cluster randomized controlled trial with enrollment of one-third of the treatment group in each of the years 2011, 2012 and 2013...
June 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
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