Journal article

Paying for hospital emergency care under a single-payer system

SJ Duckett, T Jackson

ANNALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE | MOSBY, INC | Published : 2001

Abstract

Hospital emergency services are one of the key drivers of hospital activity, yet there has been surprisingly little attention paid to appropriate funding models for single-payer systems, in which funders must be concerned with issues of access and financial viability of emergency departments. This article analyzes the dynamics of hospital emergency services in terms of the key products and cost drivers. It reviews the currently available systems for categorizing emergency activity and evaluates their applicability for funding purposes with particular emphasis on the susceptibility to gaming of both triage and disposition. It identifies and evaluates 3 models for use in single-payer health sy..

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