Hungarian Radiology

[Quality cost in radiology: the cost of repeated examinations]

KIS Zsuzsanna

OCTOBER 10, 2005

Hungarian Radiology - 2005;79(05)

[INTRODUCTION - The aim of the author is to describe the definition and types of quality cost in the health care services especially in the field of radiology. The proportion of the quality cost is based on the author's data and data from the literature. The ways of reduction of the quality cost is also discussed. MATERIAL AND METHODS - The author made a research based on a prior multicentric study to determine the loss derived from the excessive use of films used during the repeated radiological examination. The cost of wrong services nationwide is calculated on the basis of the loss per 1000 German point. RESULTS - Our short research showed that 300 000 Ft HUF + VAT per year was paid because of the excessive use of the films during the repeated examination points within the given period of time. The loss percentage per 1000 German points can be calculated based on the points generated during a given time. In this way there was more than 300 million HUF spent on defective services nationwide in 2002. CONCLUSION - The cost of defective services and resulting moral and financial losses justify the need for finding and reducing the costs. Quality control and quality improvement can be used to achieve the aims of controlling the processes by the right indicators. By discussing them the processes will improve, the costs will be lower and quality also improves. The patients and insurance companies who buy our services also have the same expectations.]

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