SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.103 issue7Diabetic retinopathy - the Ophthalmology Society of Southern Africa screening programme author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand



Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • On index processSimilars in Google


SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574


LAWRIE, M  and  GOOD, A. Increasing pathology utilisation lies behind increasing pathology costs. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2013, vol.103, n.7, pp.451-452. ISSN 2078-5135.

Recent increases in pathology costs per scheme member are a concern to medical schemes and pathologists alike. To better understand the observed increasing costs, the National Pathology Group commissioned Prognosys to analyse the trends affecting these increases. We found that these increases are driven by inflation, increases in utilisation, and redistribution of the burden of cost. The identification of utilisation as a cost driver for pathology services is noteworthy as almost all pathology services are by referral from another doctor.

        · text in English     · English ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License