Health care use

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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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The average length of stay in hospitals (ALOS) is often used as an indicator of efficiency. All other things being equal, a shorter stay will reduce the cost per discharge and shift care from inpatient to less expensive post-acute settings. The ALOS 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. Day cases are excluded. The indicator is presented both for all acute care cases and for childbirth without complications.

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Keywords:  Average length of stay, curative acute care, Single spontaneous delivery, Length of hospital stay, childbirth
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