Patient Flows in the Ambulatory Health Care Sector
A basic feature of today’s health system is that its activity is partly self-induced, either by the provider for himself (return visits for example) or by others (e.g., patient referrals). Although this notion is well known (Feldstein, 1974), there are surprisingly few data to substantiate ongoing debates or decisions regarding, among others, activity and cost monitoring, implementation of new specialized services or quality of care. We know much better, for instance, what providers think about collaboration than how many patients they actually refer to others in their daily practice.
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