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Cost Analyses of Home Care and Nursing Home Services in the Southern Taiwan Area

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  • Lian Chiu Sc.D., R.N.,

    1. Lian Chiu is an Associate Professor, Kang-Ning Junior College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan. Kwong-Yui Tang is Head of the Department of Psychiatry, and Shiou-Ping Wang is a Psychiatrist, Veterans General Hospital-Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Woei-Cherng Shyu is a Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Kang-Ning Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Chan-Ling Huang is a Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei Medical College Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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  • Kwong-Yui Tang M.D.,

    1. Lian Chiu is an Associate Professor, Kang-Ning Junior College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan. Kwong-Yui Tang is Head of the Department of Psychiatry, and Shiou-Ping Wang is a Psychiatrist, Veterans General Hospital-Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Woei-Cherng Shyu is a Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Kang-Ning Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Chan-Ling Huang is a Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei Medical College Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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  • Woei-Cherng Shyu M.D.,

    1. Lian Chiu is an Associate Professor, Kang-Ning Junior College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan. Kwong-Yui Tang is Head of the Department of Psychiatry, and Shiou-Ping Wang is a Psychiatrist, Veterans General Hospital-Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Woei-Cherng Shyu is a Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Kang-Ning Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Chan-Ling Huang is a Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei Medical College Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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  • Chan-Ling Huang M.D.,

    1. Lian Chiu is an Associate Professor, Kang-Ning Junior College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan. Kwong-Yui Tang is Head of the Department of Psychiatry, and Shiou-Ping Wang is a Psychiatrist, Veterans General Hospital-Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Woei-Cherng Shyu is a Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Kang-Ning Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Chan-Ling Huang is a Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei Medical College Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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  • Shiou-Ping Wang M.D.

    1. Lian Chiu is an Associate Professor, Kang-Ning Junior College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan. Kwong-Yui Tang is Head of the Department of Psychiatry, and Shiou-Ping Wang is a Psychiatrist, Veterans General Hospital-Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Woei-Cherng Shyu is a Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Kang-Ning Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Chan-Ling Huang is a Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei Medical College Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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Address Correspondence Lian Chiu, No. 137, Kang-Ning Road, Sect. 3, Ln. 75, Nei-Hu, Taipei 114, Taiwan.

Abstract

This study compares the cost of long-term care provided at patient homes with that of long-term care provided in nursing homes in southern Taiwan. Caring for a patient with a high degree of dependence at home is more expensive than caring for a patient in a nursing home facility when family costs and provider costs are considered together. This phenomenon is not demonstrated for patients with medium degrees of dependence. To be cost-effective, home care services should target patients with medium physical disability, and nursing home care should focus on patients with high levels of dependence.

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