Analysing the use of hospital care services in Finland
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
The International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Volume 19, Issue 3, pages 287–297, July/September 2004
How to Cite
Ovaskainen, P., Rautava, P., Ojanlatva, A., Päkkilä, J. and Päivärinta, R. (2004), Analysing the use of hospital care services in Finland. Int. J. Health Plann. Mgmt., 19: 287–297. doi: 10.1002/hpm.763
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2004
- health care needs;
- main diagnostic categories;
- hospital care services
Hospital care captures more than one half of the funds allocated for health care within municipalities in Finland. Municipal administrators perceive that there is little they can do as far the quantity and quality of services are concerned. This case study was to analyse the utilization of hospital care within a coalition of two municipalities (Paimio and Sauvo) for one year. By using the Diagnosis Related Groups and Main Diagnostic Categorizations and by comparing the data with the existing physician visits, health care decisions may be made regarding the general morbidity and the use of medical services. While the databases number among the most extensive in the world, the existing information has not been fully utilized for planning, implementation and evaluation of services within the municipalities. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.