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Paediatric intensive therapy services contracted by the National Health Fund in 2012

Anna Piechota, Mariusz Piechota
Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2012;44(3):130-137.

open access

Vol 44, No 3 (2012 Jul-Sep)
Original and clinical articles
Published online: 2012-10-22
Submitted: 2012-10-22
Accepted: 2012-10-22

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy are relevant elements of the healthcare system in Poland. The aim of the present study was to analyse the level of funding of departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy provided by regional branches of the National Health Fund (NHF) in 2012.

METHODS: The survey of websites of regional branches of NHF provided data about therapeutic entities with departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy, whose services were contracted by NHF in 2012. The contract value for 2012, number of contracted points and price of a point were defined for each department. Moreover, using the Register of Therapeutic Entities, the number of intensive therapy beds in the departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy in these entities was determined.

RESULTS: The highest expenditure for intensive therapy of children and teenagers under 17 years of age per one citizen was found in the Silesian, Opole and Lodz provinces; the lowest expenditure was observed in the Lubusz (no contracted departments), Swietokrzyskie and Podkarpacie provinces.

CONCLUSION: The level of funding of departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy provided by NHF appears to be sufficient; however, the staff and equipment potential of many such departments is not fully exploited.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy are relevant elements of the healthcare system in Poland. The aim of the present study was to analyse the level of funding of departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy provided by regional branches of the National Health Fund (NHF) in 2012.

METHODS: The survey of websites of regional branches of NHF provided data about therapeutic entities with departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy, whose services were contracted by NHF in 2012. The contract value for 2012, number of contracted points and price of a point were defined for each department. Moreover, using the Register of Therapeutic Entities, the number of intensive therapy beds in the departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy in these entities was determined.

RESULTS: The highest expenditure for intensive therapy of children and teenagers under 17 years of age per one citizen was found in the Silesian, Opole and Lodz provinces; the lowest expenditure was observed in the Lubusz (no contracted departments), Swietokrzyskie and Podkarpacie provinces.

CONCLUSION: The level of funding of departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy provided by NHF appears to be sufficient; however, the staff and equipment potential of many such departments is not fully exploited.

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Keywords

National Health Fund, intensive therapy, departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy, financial resources, healthcare services

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Title

Paediatric intensive therapy services contracted by the National Health Fund in 2012

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 44, No 3 (2012 Jul-Sep)

Pages

130-137

Published online

2012-10-22

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2012;44(3):130-137.

Keywords

National Health Fund
intensive therapy
departments of paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive therapy
financial resources
healthcare services

Authors

Anna Piechota
Mariusz Piechota

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