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Revista Cubana de Higiene y Epidemiología

versión On-line ISSN 1561-3003

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LAGE DAVILA, Carlos. Cost and results of periodic medical examinations performed at the National Institute for Workers' Health in the period 2008-2009. Rev Cubana Hig Epidemiol [online]. 2013, vol.51, n.3, pp.269-277. ISSN 1561-3003.

Introduction: in their wide variety, periodic medical examinations constitute an important component of workers' health care. They should be designed and performed in keeping with the rationality and efficiency called for at the 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba. Objective: determine the cost and results of the medical examinations performed on workers during the years 2008 and 2009. Methods: a descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in the Medical Care area of the National Institute for Workers' Health, based on data from the medical records of workers examined at the center, information requested from workplaces and two diploma theses written by students of economics. Results: the study made it possible to accurately estimate the cost of medical examinations with the application of a more convenient cost system than the one used by the public health system. It also paved the way for the adoption of measures leading to greater efficiency in the performance of medical examinations. Final considerations: it is necessary to develop new studies in the National Institute for Workers' Health about costs of medical examinations, with the purpose to obtain contrastable and more precise results.

Palabras clave : cost; activity-based cost system; efficiency; periodic medical examination.

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