IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(5): 304-308 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.839

Health Issues and Services, A Complex Socio-Cognitive-Technical System

Michael Hart and Federico Girosi
Abstract—This paper investigates the additional resources needed to care for patients with chronic conditions in Australian hospitals. A number of different methods are used to define chronic conditions, based on previous work. The analysis shows that within each Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) patients with chronic conditions utilize significant more resources than patients without. Since admissions within the same DRG are reimbursed at the same level, these results point to potential inefficiencies in the hospital reimbursement system.

Index Terms—Chronic illness, DRGs, economic cost, inefficiency, inequity.

The authors are with the Centre for Health Research, Western Sydney University and Capital Markets CRC, Sydney, Australia (e-mail: mhart@cmcrc.com, fgirosi@cmcrc.com).

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Cite: Michael Hart and Federico Girosi, "Health Issues and Services, A Complex Socio-Cognitive-Technical System," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 304-308, 2017.

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