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Analysis on hospitalization expenses of elderly inpatients covered by medical insurance in Beijing and the influential factors
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Pages: 499-502
Year: Issue:  7
Journal: Chinese Journal of Hospital Administration

Keyword:  Elderly patientsMedical insuranceHospitalization expenseInfluential factors;
Abstract: Objective To analyze hospitalization expenses and influential factors of elderly inpatients with medical insurance,and to provide scientific evidences for curbing hospitalization expenses and adjusting medical insurance policy.Methods Based on hospitalization data derived from Beijing town during 2007-2011 from 65082 elderly urban inpatients under medical insurance,descriptive analysis and multiple stepwise linear regression methods were used to analyze the hospitalization expense and its influential factors.Results The last 5 year witnessed rising hospitalization expense and average hospitalization expense per admission of elderly patients with medical insurance; among the components of hospitalization expense,cardiovascular/cerebrovascular/tumor/respiratory system diseases cause the heaviest medical burden; days of stay,hospital level,out-of-pocket proportion are the most important influential factors on their hospitalization expense per time.Conclusion The hospitalization expense of elderly patients with medical insurance keeps growing.Therefore,shorter days of stay,rational referral of patients to appropriate hospitals,adjusting out-of-pocket proportion would be effective measures of curbing hospitalization expense.
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