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Frontiers of Medicine

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Front. Med.    2010, Vol. 4 Issue (1) : 8-15     DOI: 10.1007/s11684-010-0018-5
Research articles |
Using sound Clinical Paths and Diagnosis-related Groups (DRGs)-based payment reform to bring benefits to patient care: A case study of leukemia therapy
Zhi-Ruo ZHANG PhD1,Jian-Qing MI MD1,Zhao-Jun WEN MA1,Sai-Juan CHEN MD, PhD1,Zhu CHEN PhD1,Long-Jun GU MD2,Jing-Yan TANG MD2,PhD, Shu-Hong SHEN MD, PhD2,
1.Shanghai Institute of Hematology, Rui-Jin Hospital Affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200025, China; 2.Department of Hematology/Oncology, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center Affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200127, China;
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Abstract  China has been undertaking a profound reform on health care. Although more than 1.16 billion people have been covered by rural and urban medical insurance to date, the level of reimbursement from insurance is very limited, especially for critical diseases such as leukemia. This places heavy economic burdens on patients. Under these circumstances, systems innovation is imperative for the efficient utilization of limited funding. In this respect, certain valuable experience from other countries may prove helpful. The prospective payment system of Diagnosis-related Groups (DRGs), Clinical Paths, and the Comparative Effectiveness Analysis adopted by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, UK), can be fine tools to reduce medical costs and improve quality of services. Treatments of acute promyelocytic leukemia at Rui-Jin Hospital, and childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, can be taken as suitable models to illustrate the crucial role of Clinical Paths in guaranteeing clinical and cost effectiveness of medical services for critical diseases, and to satisfactorily justify the feasibility of DRGs in China.
Keywords healthcare reform      diagnosis-related groups      clinical paths      comparative effectiveness analysis      acute promyelocytic leukemia      childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia      
Issue Date: 05 March 2010
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