Health care use

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DOI: 
10.1787/1a1ac034-en
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The indicators of health care utilisation presented here cover preventive services (childhood vaccinations and influenza vaccinations among elderly people), the number of doctor consultations, hospital activities (length of hospital stay and hospital discharge rates) and selected diagnostic and surgical procedures (CT and MRI exams, and caesarean sections).

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Keywords:  Child vaccination, Hospital discharge rates, Influenza vaccination, Doctors' consultations, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams, Length of hospital stay, Caesarean sections, Computed tomography (CT) exams
 

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  • Doctors' consultations

    Consultations with doctors can take place in doctors’ offices or clinics, in hospital outpatient departments or, in some cases, in patients’ own homes. Consultations with doctors refer to the number of contacts with physicians.
  • Child vaccination rates

    Children vaccination rates reflect the percentage of children that receive the respective vaccination in the recommended timeframe.
  • Influenza vaccination rates

    Influenza vaccination rate refers to the number of people aged 65 and older who have received an annual influenza vaccination, divided by the total number of people over 65 years of age.
  • Caesarean sections

    The caesarean section rate is the number of caesarean deliveries performed per 1000 live births.
  • Length of hospital stay

    Average length of stay refers to the average number of days that patients spend in hospital. It is generally measured by dividing the total number of days stayed by all inpatients during a year by the number of admissions or discharges.
  • Hospital discharge rates

    Hospital discharge rates measure the number of patients who leave a hospital after receiving care. Hospital discharge is defined as the release of a patient who has stayed at least one night in hospital.
  • Computed tomography (CT) exams

    CT exams help physicians diagnose a range of conditions by producing images of internal organs and structures of the body. CT exams relate to the number of exams per 1 000 population.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams

    MRI exams help physicians diagnose a range of conditions by producing images of internal organs and structures of the body. MRI exams relate to the number of exams per 1 000 population.
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