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A study examining the appropriateness and expenditure for treatment for poor patients by hospitals in three provinces of Laos. The authors conducted structured interviews with 828 in-patients at twelve provincial and district hospitals on the subject of insurance protection, income and expenditures for treatment, including informal payment. They then evaluated each patient’s medical record for appropriateness of drug use using a checklist of treatment guidelines. The results show no significant difference in appropriateness of care for patients at different income levels, but higher expenditures for patients with the highest income level. The score for appropriate drug use in insured patients was significantly higher than uninsured patients, and the length of stay in days significantly shorter.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Access to education and health care
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Priority health concerns
  • Public health
  • Public health assistance NGOs
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
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© 2011 Syhakhang et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (

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Max Petzold:

Author (individual) Syhakhang, Lamphone
Co-author (individual) Soukaloun, Douangdao; Tomson, Göran; Petzold, Max; Rehnberg, Clas; Wahlström, Rolf
Publisher BMC Health Services Research
Publication date 2011
Pagination 7 p.
General note

BMC Health Services Research,Volume 11,Issue 3

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