The demand for healthcare services and resources: patterns, trends and challenges in healthcare delivery

Sofia Cruz-Gomes*, Mário Amorim-Lopes, Bernardo Almada-Lobo

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Abstract

Together with the significant improvement in health and longevity came a number of health and economic concerns related to the demand for healthcare services and resources: changes in the patterns of health and illness, increasing amount and complexity of healthcare services demanded, rising health expenditures and uncertainty about whether there will be enough human, physical and financial resources to deliver the healthcare services needed. This paper aims to draw attention to the importance of planning the demand for healthcare in the aforementioned context, to create awareness of the need for a comprehensive study on the demand for healthcare services and resources and to propose an integrated approach for planning them, to inform managers and policy-makers on what can be the main challenges on assuring healthcare delivery in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOperational Research - IO 2018
EditorsJosé Fernando Oliveira, Alberto Adrego Pinto, João Paulo Almeida, Maria João Alves
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages91-106
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783030107307
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event19th Congress of APDIO, Portuguese Association of Operational Research, IO 2018 - Aveiro, Portugal
Duration: 5 Sep 20187 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics
Volume278
ISSN (Print)2194-1009
ISSN (Electronic)2194-1017

Conference

Conference19th Congress of APDIO, Portuguese Association of Operational Research, IO 2018
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityAveiro
Period5/09/187/09/18

Keywords

  • Demand
  • Healthcare
  • Integrated framework
  • Planning

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