Journal article

Pathways to DRG-based hospital payment systems in Japan, Korea, and Thailand

Peter Leslie Annear, Soonman Kwon, Luca Lorenzoni, Stephen Duckett, Dale Huntington, John C Langenbrunner, Yuki Murakami, Changwoo Shon, Ke Xu

HEALTH POLICY | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Countries in Asia are working towards achieving universal health coverage while ensuring improved quality of care. One element is controlling hospital costs through payment reforms. In this paper we review experiences in using Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG) based hospital payments in three Asian countries and ask if there is an "Asian way to DRGs". We focus first on technical issues and follow with a discussion of implementation challenges and policy questions. We reviewed the literature and worked as an expert team to investigate existing documentation from Japan, Republic of Korea, and Thailand. We reviewed the design of case-based payment systems, their experience with implementation, evi..

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