Special Issue "Innovations in Health Economics, Social Policy and Health Management"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Sotiris Soulis
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Department of Business Administration, University of West Attica, 12243 Athens, Greece
Interests: health economics; health planning; demography; social policy; social system protection; strategic management; health and safety at work
Dr. Aspasia Goula
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Department of Business Administration, University of West Attica, 12243 Athens, Greece
Interests: social science research; health management; organizational behaviour; organizatinal culture; leadership; organizational change and development
Dr. Evridiki Kaba
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Department of Nursing, University of West Attica, Athens,Greece
Interests: qualitative research; grounded theory; primary health care nursing; health promotion; basic nursing; rehabilitation nursing; evidence-based nursing
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Prof. Martha Kelesi
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Department of Nursing, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece
Interests: quantitative research; systematic reviews; primary health care nursing; health promotion; basic nursing; evidence-based nursing; health management and health economics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The growing interest in health economics, social policy and health care management lies in the complexity and importance of operating the health sector both for the individual and for society as a whole. The right to equal access to health services, as well as the quality of the provided health services, concern both individuals and experts in health policy. At the same time, health expenditure absorbs an increasing share of the national income. The way in which these expenditures are financed is of great concern to those pursuing a health policy, as well as to the ever-widening deficits in the health sector. The aging of the population, the rise of the standard of living, the pollution of the environment, and the consumer model have an increasing effect on health expenditures. Health economics is influencing decision making at all levels of healthcare in the face of growing demands on scarce resources. 

This Special Issue focuses on health economics, social policy, and health management and aims to provide managers and policy makers with current knowledge regarding useful insights into how healthcare can be organized and financed and a framework to address a broad range of issues in an explicit and consistent manner. Additionally, papers explaining social phenomena that shape the health status of the population, social security, working conditions, inequalities, social discrimination and European and international health policies, modern methodological funding techniques, compensation methods, cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness, utility costs, and cost minimization are encouraged. Papers following the application of quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methods approaches will be considered. 

We hope to be an open communication space that enhances dissemination and exchange of knowledge to a wider audience. 

This Special Issue will consider original articles, with a special focus on issues such as:

  • Macro- and/or microeconomics of healthcare financing;
  • Economic evaluation;
  • Health services research;
  • Health policy analysis;
  • Cost effectiveness in healthcare;
  • Financial resource allocation;
  • Organization and administration of health care systems;
  • Behavior of consumers, patients, and providers of health services;
  • Health inequalities;
  • Health technology assessment;
  • Empirical research in demography;
  • Quality of healthcare services;
  • Quality of life; disease prevention and health promotion;
  • Functioning of healthcare systems and health-affecting behaviors such as smoking, diabetes, and obesity;
  • Policies and reforms of health systems;
  • Health care services and human recourse management;
  • Patient management, hospital management, and management of diseases;
  • Important economic aspects of environmental research and public health;
  • Environmental health and diseases;
  • The preservation or development of health via the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings;
  • Innovation, finance, and best practices promotion in health education;
  • Organizational behavior, leadership and complexity, human resource management, and total quality and performance management;
  • Management and performance practices; work, organization, and leadership dynamics.

Prof. Sotiris Soulis
Dr. Aspasia Goula
Dr. Evridiki Kaba
Prof. Martha Kelesi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • health economics
  • health planning
  • monitoring
  • evaluation
  • efficiency
  • equity
  • public health
  • health promotion
  • quality of life
  • health management
  • health service quality

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Physicians’ Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Generic Substitution in China: A Cross-Sectional Online Survey
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7749; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157749 - 21 Jul 2021
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The purpose of this study is to investigate physicians’ knowledge, attitudes and practice of generic medicine substitutions in China. We conducted a cross-sectional online questionnaire survey on physicians from secondary or tertiary hospitals in China from 2020 December to 2021 April. Descriptive statistical [...] Read more.
The purpose of this study is to investigate physicians’ knowledge, attitudes and practice of generic medicine substitutions in China. We conducted a cross-sectional online questionnaire survey on physicians from secondary or tertiary hospitals in China from 2020 December to 2021 April. Descriptive statistical and ordered logistic regression were used for analysis. A total of 1225 physicians were included in the final analysis, and only 330 (26.94%) of them scored 4 or above in the knowledge part, which means that the physicians have a good knowledge of generic substitutions. Of the total, 586 (47.83%) agreed or strongly agreed that generic drugs could be substituted for originator drugs and 585 (47.75%) always or often prescribed generic medicines. The percentage of physicians with a positive attitude toward or that practice prescribing generic medicine is below 50%, which needs to be improved in China. Physicians’ knowledge, their attitude toward generic substitution, if familiar with the policy of generic substitution, and incentives for prescribing generic medicines are influencing factors for the practice of generic substitution. Our studies show that the practice of generic substitution by physicians could be improved by several measures in China. We suggested that the physicians should be taught more about the bulk-buy policy and the generic-originator equivalence evaluation policy. Moreover, government incentives to promote generic substitution should be established. Our study also suggested that physicians with less working experience and female physicians should learn more about generic substitution. Full article
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