Factors associated with changes in pharmaceutical expenditures of outpatient care in clinic setting : Focusing on the incentive scheme to reduce total prescribed drug expenditure and the drug utilization review system

의원 외래환자의 약품비 변화 관련요인: 처방총액 절감 인센티브제도와 DUR 제도 시행 전후를 중심으로

  • Received : 2012.07.03
  • Accepted : 2012.10.04
  • Published : 2012.12.31


This study was performed in order to compare a change in pharmaceutical expenditures per outpatient of clinic and to analyze factors relevant to a systems as part of evaluating policies for the incentive scheme to reduce total prescribed drug expenditure and for the drug utilization review system("DUR system" hereafter). For this, it had finally analytical subjects as 21,320 clinics nationwide without a change in location, clinics symbol and signed subject during both terms of the first half of 2010 and the first half of 2011. As a result, the odds ratio with reduction in pharmaceutical expenditures of clinic was statistically higher significantly in the shorter year number of opening clinic, in the larger number of doctors, when the classification of establishment is other, not individual, and when the signed subject is surgical division. Also, the odds ratio was significantly higher in the less patient number of clinic and in the lower ratio of patients aged over 65. Finally, the odds ratio was significantly high when a clinic had been located in DUR system demonstrative project area. Through this, a case of policy for improvement in doctor's autonomous prescription behavior like DUR system can be known to be effective for reduction in pharmaceutical expenditures. A future research on evaluation of policy for pharmaceutical expenditure management system will need to be performed in-depth analysis in consideration of diverse characteristics on the participatory entities.


Incentive scheme to reduce total prescribed drug expenditure;Drug utilization review system;Clinic;Pharmaceutical expenditures


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