我國醫療服務提升計畫對醫療資源不足地區的政策效果評估

Translated title of the contribution: Policy impact of medical quality improvement project on medically underserved areas

Yu Ning Chien, Li Yin Lin, Shih Chang Huang, Ting An Chen, Ho Yi Chung, Ching I. Hung, Hung Yi Chiou

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Abstract

Objectives: Taiwan has implemented numerous healthcare projects in rural areas, and the number of bidding budgets has increased yearly. The aim of this study is to evaluate the policy effect of medical quality improvement projects in medically underserved areas. Methods: This study used 2011-2013 data from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Database to analyze the effect of the national medical quality improvement policies have on the medically underserved areas. The experimental group comprised of hospitals participating in the projects, while the control group comprised of non-participating hospitals. We examined the effect of projects implemented to improve healthcare services by performing an empirical analysis using the DD method. Results: The outpatient-based evaluation indicators suggested the projects had considerable effect, such as increasing the outpatient cross-boundary medical care rate by 5.33%, increasing the interregional medical treatment rate of emergency departments by 1.14%, and decreasing preventable emergency department visits by 0.20%. Among these results, the outpatient cross-boundary medical care rate reached a statistical significance, while the other two indicators did not. The preventable hospitalization rate showed a contrarian growth of 0.26%, which was also not statistically significant. Conclusions: Policies to provide regional medical services across jurisdictional boundaries will help medical care needs of rural populations.

Translated title of the contributionPolicy impact of medical quality improvement project on medically underserved areas
Original languageChinese (Traditional)
Pages (from-to)286-298
Number of pages13
JournalTaiwan Journal of Public Health
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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