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Gavurová, Beáta
Kováč, Viliam
Fedačko, Ján
[Journal:] Health Economics Review [ISSN:] 2191-1991 [Volume:] 7 [Issue:] 39 [Publisher:] Springer [Place:] Heidelberg [Year:] 2017 [Pages:] 1-13
Springer, Heidelberg
Background: This study aims to examine the localisation of selected parameters in the deployment and use of medical equipment in the Slovak Republic and to verify potential regional disparities. The study evaluates the benefits of an analytical platform for regulatory mechanisms in the healthcare system. Methods: The correspondence analysis is applied to the entire data set containing information regarding medical equipment distribution and mortality. Results: The results highlight regional differences in the use of medical equipment throughout the analysed period from 2008 to 2014. The total amount of medical equipment increased slightly to 9192 devices during the time span. In 2014, there was a significant decrease of 16.44%. Disparities are found in the frequencies and structure of medical equipment. In some regions, medical equipment is not present or is present in low numbers. Conclusions: The results regarding regional disparities demonstrate the regional development of the amount of medical equipment. The deployment of medical equipment is not proportional, and not all of the analysed devices are available in each region. The tests also indicate the appropriateness of the amount of medical equipment and create a platform for further investigation. The results of the analysis suggest the unsuitable distribution of medical equipment throughout the Slovak regions, where there are significant regional disparities. These findings can serve as a monitoring platform to evaluate the accessibility and efficiency of medical equipment usage. Trial registration: No human participants were involved in the research.
Medical equipment
Health facility
Regional disparity
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