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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
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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.

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