:: Volume 14, Issue 2 (Summer 2012) ::
J Mil Med 2012, 14(2): 129-135 Back to browse issues page
Designing a referral system management model for direct treatment in social security organization
Ferdosi M., Vatankhah S. *, Khalesi N., Ebadi Fard Azar F., Ayoobian A.
, vatankhah_s@yahoo.com
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  Aims: The Social Security Organization is the largest provider of health services throughout the country after the Ministry of Health. Lack of the classification and referral system will lead to treatment withdrawal, patients’ confusion, immethodical visits and waste of resources. This study was carried out with the aim of proposing a proper model for the management of patients’ referral system in the direct care unit of the Social Security Organization.

  Methods: This comparative study was carried out in 2009. Two separate meetings of the Expert Panel in developing the proposed model were utilized for codification of the model. Then, the thematic and pivotal codes were extracted through framework analysis and the model was proposed according to the research objectives and research findings. This model was approved by experts through three rounds of Delphi method .

  Results: The classification of services and patient referral system is more comprehensive in US , Canada , Britain , South Korea and Chile due to the presence of national medical system . The referral system is not followed seriously in France . In Austria, there is a universal social insurance structure , but the social insurance system has been partially applied in Turkey . The patient referral system hasn’t been performed in the direct care unit of the Iranian Social Security Organization and only the Patient Guidance Staff is responsible for referring the patients to specialized services .

Conclusion: The proposed model of managing the referral system in this study is based on a semi- open referral system and the constant presence of family physician with voluntary membership. Financial leverage is used in this model for optimal administration of the referral system .
Keywords: Keywords: Referral System, Direct Care, Social Security Organization
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Type of Study: Orginal Research | Subject: military medcine
Received: 2011/11/12 | Published: 2012/07/15


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