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ECONOMETRICS AND HEALTHCARE – THE MODEL OF THE GREEK NATIONAL PRIMARY HEALTHCARE NETWORK (PEDY)

Vassalos Constantine

Friday, January 9, 2015

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2015

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Pages: 152-164

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.44231

Abstract:

Introduction: Nowadays, the development of econometric techniques has important applications in the health sector. Econometrics facilitates the understanding of the environment where health agencies function so that they can make decisions in order to improve their performance. Moreover, the evaluation of the efficiency of health organizations contributes to the health system. This study included searching on Greek and international electronic databases by using keywords such as econometrics, health, National Health System, Social Insurance Institution, Health Centre, decision-making unit, data envelopment analysis, National Primary Healthcare Network, primary health care. In the literature, it is cited that there was a need to develop econometric techniques in relation to the existing efficiency of healthcare facilities, the administrative decision within the country’s health system, the selection of effective health interventions for planning health services, and the acceptance of administrative reform on healthcare. Econometrics was also used to evaluate the public’s acceptance of the reforms, including that of PEDY, which had been undertaken in Greece’s public health system. Econometrics produces information for managers so that they can choose the best possible strategy in financial and administrative level to reform the health system. The application of econometric techniques contributes to the economic evaluation of the health system, including the newly introduced national primary healthcare network (PEDY); identifies the factors associated with the increasing trend of demand for health services; and prepares the administration, whether centralized or regional, for future action plans in line with the health needs of the Greek population

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