Yue-Chune Lee

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INTRODUCTION Pharmaceutical expenditure (PE) of the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme in Taiwan grew from 62.2 billion Taiwan new dollars (NT dollars) in 1996 to NT94.5 dollars billion in 2003.The government has been introducing many strategies to control PE since the inception of NHI including price adjustment based on the prices of international(More)
AIMS To investigate the efficacy of applying a Montessori intervention to improve the eating ability and nutritional status of residents with dementia in long-term care facilities. BACKGROUND An early intervention for eating difficulties in patients with dementia can give them a better chance of maintaining independence and reduce the risk of(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated whether a 2002 pharmaceutical payment reform policy, which provided adverse incentives, fostered an increase in market share of 'gateway pharmacies' (G-pharmacies--pharmacies owned, operated and located by the same clinics that prescribe medicines); what the financial impact of G-pharmacies to the clinics is; and what factors(More)
Taiwan is an island located southeast of the Asian continent. Surgery in Taiwan has changed rapidly during the past 20 years. Approximately 4500 surgeons (including orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and urologists) serve a population of 23 million on this 36000-km(2) island. Much progress has been made in the development of basic science surgical(More)
BACKGROUND Taiwan established a system of universal National Health Insurance (NHI) in March, 1995. Today, the NHI covers more than 98% of Taiwan's population and enrollees enjoy almost free access to healthcare with small co-payment by most clinics and hospitals. Yet while this expansion of coverage will almost inevitably have improved access to health(More)
INTRODUCTION This study applied a cost-benefit analysis from a societal viewpoint to evaluate the Outpatient Smoking Cessation Services (OSCS) program. METHODS The costs measured in this study include the cost to the health sector, non-health sectors, the patients and their family, as well as the loss of productivity as a result of smoking. The benefits(More)
A structured interview survey was conducted in a major city in Taiwan to explore and compare older and younger family primary caregivers' well being and their future caregiving plans for these adults with intellectual disability. The sample size was 315 caregivers who were 55 years or older and who cared for adults with intellectual disability and 472(More)
AIM This paper is a report of an assessment of the construct validity of the Chinese version of the Edinburgh Feeding Evaluation in Dementia scale. BACKGROUND The Edinburgh Feeding Evaluation in Dementia scale has previously been translated and back-translated and to determine the equality of the Chinese and English versions. However, the construct(More)
BACKGROUND Diffusion of new drugs in the health care market affects patients' access to new treatment options and health care expenditures. We examined how a new drug class for diabetes mellitus, thiazolidinediones (TZDs), diffused in the health care market in Taiwan. METHODS Assuming that monthly hospital prescriptions of TZDs could serve as a(More)
In this study, we used Andersen's Behavioral Model with the family as a unit of analysis to examine the patterns of awareness and utilization of social services by families with at least one adult with intellectual disabilities. Face-to-face interview questionnaires were conducted with primary family caregivers in Hsinchu City, Taiwan in 2004. Data were(More)