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|Title: ||Cost evaluation of clinical laboratory in Taiwan’s National Health System by using activity-based costing|
|Authors: ||Su, Bin-Guang;Chen, Shao-Fen;Yeh, Shu-Hsing;Shih, Po-Wen;Lin, Ching-Chiang|
|Contributors: ||輔英科技大學 健康事業管理系|
|Issue Date: ||2017-09-25 11:01:49 (UTC+8)|
To cope with the government's policies to reduce medical costs, Taiwan's healthcare service providers are striving to survive by pursuing profit maximization through cost control. This article aimed to present the results of cost evaluation using activity-based costing performed in the laboratory in order to throw light on the differences between costs and the payment system of National Health Insurance (NHI).
This study analyzed the data of costs and income of the clinical laboratory. Direct costs belong to their respective sections of the department. The department's shared costs, including public expenses and administrative assigned costs, were allocated to the department's respective sections. A simple regression equation was created to predict profit and loss, and evaluate the department's break-even point, fixed cost, and contribution margin ratio.
In clinical chemistry and seroimmunology sections, the cost per test was lower than the NHI payment and their major laboratory tests had revenues with the profitability ratio of 8.7%, while the other sections had a higher cost per test than the NHI payment and their major tests were in deficit. The study found a simple linear regression model as follows: "Balance=-84,995+0.543?income (R2=0.544)".
In order to avoid deficit, laboratories are suggested to increase test volumes, enhance laboratory test specialization, and become marginal scale. A hospital could integrate with regional medical institutions through alliances or OEM methods to increase volumes to reach marginal scale and reduce laboratory costs, enhancing the level and quality of laboratory medicine.
|Relation: ||Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 54(11),1753-1758|
|Appears in Collections:||[健康事業管理系] 期刊論文|
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