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Vatankhah S, khalesi N, Ebadi Fard Azar F, Ferdosi M, Ayoobian A. Study of payment methods to Doctors in the referral system in selected countries and suggestions for Iranian social security organization- Direct medical service provision. jhosp. 2012; 11 (2) :77-86
URL: http://jhosp.tums.ac.ir/article-1-30-en.html
1- دانشکده مدیریت و اطلاع رسانی پزشکی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی تهران
2- مرکز تحقیقات مدیریت بیمارستانی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی تهران
3- دانشکده مدیریت و اطلاع رسانی پزشکی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی اصفهان , ferdosi1348@yahoo.com
4- مدیریت خدمات بهداشتی درمانی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی اصفهان
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Background: Payment method is one of the most important control knobs in the health system. All organizations that mobilize funds for health sector must be decided: who should be paid? Why this money should be paid to them? And how much should be paid? So the main purpose of this study is to identify different methods of paying to the doctors in referral system of selected countries, and ultimately providing some suggestions for Iranian social security organizations- direct medical service provision.
Materials & Methods: This was a comparative study designed in 2008. First we studied theoretical issues and analyzed them within the framework of the current situation. Then we conducted a comparative study to find some solutions for it. Then we validated selected suggestions using by Delphi technique.
Results: Most selected countries use a combination of methods to pay to the physicians. Usually for employed physicians in insurance organizations, salary makes a large part of doctor`s income. In countries where GPs play the role of gatekeeper, the per capita payment method has a special room. In American Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), based on employment or contractual relationship, they pay physicians by one of three methods: "Per Capita", "Salary Monthly" or "Prepayment". In addition to Salaries (if any employment relationship), specialists usually receive some fees for their Services widely.
Conclusion: Bonus payment in exchange for quality indicators is considered as a recently developed payment method for both GPs and specialists, but due to wide infrastructures, it needs accurate designing and plenty of arrangements.

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Received: 2011/10/29 | Accepted: 2012/02/20 | Published: 2013/10/7

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