Original Article
Korean J Prev Med. 1990; 23(2): 216-223.
Analysis of charges per case by hospital characteristics: In regard to acute appendicitis and NSVD.
Sang Hyuk Jung, Seung Hum Yu, and Han Joong Kim
Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea.
To identify the factors influencing the charges per case of acute appendicitis and normal spontaneous vaginal delivery (NSVD), the personal data-base files and hospital-characteristics-reporting data files of Korea Medical Insurance Corporation were analyzed. One hundred and twenty-nine institutions were selected. The results of this study were as follows: 1. The differences of charges per case with respect to hospital ownership, location, and equipment levels were statistically significant. 2. The results of multiple regression analysis revealed that bed capacity was the most significant variable in both diseases. 3. Ownership was significant variable in acute appendicitis. In NSVD, ownership and hospital equipment level were statistically significant. In conclusion, bed capacity was statistically the most significant variable in the analysis of charges per case. And we thought that the results of this study would influence the policy of the hospital bed supply.
Keywords : charges per case;hospital characteristics;hospital bed;ownership