A model of health-service utilization and resource allocation
Zemach, R. (1970). A Model of Health-Service Utilization and Resource Allocation. [Journal Article]. Operations Research, 18(6), 1071.
This paper presents the initial basis for a descriptive mathematical model of the total utilization of personal health and medical services by the population of a community or region, the allocation of resources used to provide these services, and the cost of health care as derived from the prevailing costs of resources. A simplified illustrative example is presented. The patterns by which resources are allocated to provide services, and the patterns by which the population groups use the total mix of services available, are identified as parameters in the model. On the basis of past data, the model can be used to predict allocation and use of services over time, as a function of population dynamics. Problems of implementation are discussed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Operations Research is the property of INFORMS: Institute for Operations Research and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)