Month: October 2013

Payers And Regulators Raise The Bar In Europe

Solna, Sweden – European economies are slowly recovering from economic crises and a number of austerity measures undertaken throughout the last five years. At the same time, payers and regulators within the health care sector are increasing their requirements in order

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Communist Era Beliefs Are Constraining Privatisation Of Health In Poland

Brisbane, Australia – Research by the Chief Executive Officer of the Wesley Research Institute, Professor Christian Gericke, and a team of Polish academics led by Dr. Krzysztof Kaczmarek has found that while privatised health services are perceived in Poland to be

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What is the Cost of Diarrheal Illness?

Warsaw, Poland – In developed countries acute gastrointestinal infections are common but do not usually cause serious complications. Symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain, usually last only a few days and as a result, affected people rarely visit their

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What is the Role of ISPOR Regional Chapters in Health Technology Implementation?

Budapest, Hungary – Middle income countries often do not have a clear roadmap for the implementation of health technology assessment (HTA) in policy decisions. Since examples from high income countries may not be relevant, roadmaps for the implementation of HTA from

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Curbing Drug Costs: Should Hungary Become A Role Model?

Ljubljana, Slovenia – Trying to control spending on prescription drugs is difficult because the many reasons for pharmaceutical expenditure growth are usually addressed only partially with national prescription drug policies.

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Electronic Referrals In Greece: When Common Sense Becomes Innovation

Athens, Greece –The adoption of e-health systems in Greece is happening at an exceptionally slow pace. Hand-written referral notes were the sole tool available to physicians to order diagnostic exams for their patients, on the basis of which payers reimbursed diagnostic

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Can Information Technology Systems Effectively Compile Reimbursement Lists?

Moscow, Russia – Russia has recently seen a significant increase in interest from state establishments and expert organizations towards the introduction of information technology (IT) systems in the health care decision-making process covering decisions on access to drugs. Automated expert systems

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Can Balkan Health Care Budgets Withstand Overconsumption of Radiology Services?

Kragujevac, Serbia – In the last few years, Serbia has witnessed an increasing advancement of medical technologies, such as new diagnostic and therapeutic methods offered within the imaging diagnostics, interventional radiology, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine services. The heavy purchase price

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Chickenpox – An Innocent Looking Threat

Istanbul, Turkey – Varicella, the primary manifestation of a varicella zoster virus (VZV), otherwise known as chickenpox, is a highly contagious disease which occurs in all countries worldwide. Although varicella is a harmless disease in most healthy individuals, complications of the

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