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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 14(1); 2003 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2003;14(1): 5-8.
The Analysis of Emergency Department Costs
Dae Yee Go, Sung Taek Kim, Jung Han Lee, Tae Il Moon, Ok Jun Kim, Sung Wook Choi, Yoon Kyung Cho
1Department of Emergency Medicine, Pochon CHA University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea. er5846@hanmail.net
2Department of Internal Medicine, Pochon CHA University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea.
ABSTRACT
PURPOSE:
To report the distribution of emergency department costs by category of expense and level of patient urgency.
METHODS:
We retrospectively analyzed the cases of 36,329 patients who visited the emergency department of Pundang CHA hospital during the recent 1year. the patients were divided into two groups : urgent group and non urgent group. Physician, facility, supply, pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology costs were considered.
RESULTS:
The average costs were urgent visits, 96,124 won; nonurgent visits, 87,028 won. For all patients, the average costs were radiology, 29%; facility, 26%; laboratory, 21%; physician, 12%; pharmacy, 8%; supply, 4%.
CONCLUSION:
The distribution of ED costs were similiar to regardless of the urgency of the medical condition. Overall improved cost efficiency can be achieved through reductions in the Variable costs of ED.
Key words: Distribution, Costs, Emergency department
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