Healthcare quality and medicine reimbursement criteria in Iran

Hamidreza Khalili, Ardalan Sameti

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Abstract

Purpose
This study aims to measure the quality of services provided to elderly people at the most crowded governmental ambulatory clinics of Tehran Province using the SERVQUAL scale (Study 1). Moreover, the research indicates the medicine reimbursement criteria to inform the decision-makers of public health insurance organizations using the Borda method (Study 2).

Design/methodology/approach
This study was done as a cross-sectional research on 425 elderly patients who came to the clinics during 2014 and 2015. Finally, using the paired t-test, Friedman test, Borda method, SPSS, Matlab software and Delphi method, the collected data were analysed.

Findings
Regarding the perceived quality, the services assurance dimension was ranked as having the highest quality (4.48) and the accessibility dimension as the lowest one (3.22). Based on the Borda method, the most important criterion for the Iranian health insurance companies to accept a medicine in their reimbursement list is the “life-threatening conditions” factor. On the other hand, “evidence quality” is accounted as the fifth important factor.

Research limitations/implications
The main limitation was the senility of participants that makes it difficult for understanding and completing the questionnaires.

Practical implications
The results can be useful for healthcare policy makers and related authorities. Besides, public health insurers can use the findings for decision-making about the elderly diseases and the problems such as the medical expenses.

Originality/value
The present research has been done in a two-year time frame, and it is more recent than other related studies. Thus, the results are far more authentic and applicable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-470
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Healthcare management
  • Health services quality
  • Medicine reimbursement criteria
  • Public health insurance
  • Senior citizens’ healthcare

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