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This study examined the impact of cost outliers in term of hospital resources consumption, the financial impact of the outliers under the Belgium casemix-based system, and the validity of two “proxies” for costs: length of stay and charges. The cost of all hospital stays at three Belgian general hospitals were calculated for the year 2001. High resource use(More)
The objective of this study was to estimate the total hospital cost per patient admitted through the emergency department with a primary diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE), and to identify the main components and predictors of costs.Actual costs of care of 652 consecutive patients hospitalised in 10 general hospitals in Belgium, including 31 outlier(More)
INTRODUCTION A prospective payment system per DRG is announced in Belgium. Is this kind of financing system adequate for oncology? Objectives of this study are: to analyze medical and economical characteristics of oncological inpatients and evaluate the homogeneity of costs and length of stay per DRG. METHODS The study was realized in 14 Belgian(More)
Objectives of this article are to evaluate the possibility to create a CW scale by pathology on the basis of cost data from Belgian hospitals, to compare several methodologies to create this CW scale, and to evaluate the financial impact of a modification of the financing system on hospitals’ income. CW scales were elaborated according to various(More)
The objective of this study was to compare costs data by diagnosis related group (DRG) between Belgium and Switzerland. Our hypotheses were that differences between countries can probably be explained by methodological differences in cost calculations, by differences in medical practices and by differences in cost structures within the two countries.(More)
INTRODUCTION A lot of studies have demonstrated the possibility of reducing the number of post-operative complications in the domain of major surgical procedures with the use of medical preventive techniques. However, complications following surgical procedures are unfortunately frequent and are a major problem, not only because of the impact for the(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study are to analyze the variation of the surgical time and of disposable costs per surgical procedure and to analyze the association between disposable costs and the surgical time. METHODS The registration of data was done in an operating room of a 419 bed general hospital, over a period of three months (n = 1556(More)
Cost outliers account for 6 to 8% of hospital inpatient stays and concentrate 22 to 30% of inpatient costs. Explanatory factors were highlighted in various studies. They are the lenght of stay, an intensive care unit stay, the severity of illness index related to DRG and social factors. Patients are not always explained by these factors. The objective of(More)
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