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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2019, Volume : 12, Issue : 11
First page : ( 5157) Last page : ( 5162)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2019.00892.8

The study on the influential factors on cost containment in health care

Khirfan Randa*, Bhagat Vidya1, Tengku Mohmad Arif1, Awang Zainudin2, Khlaifa Mohamed3, AlRammah Tamrah4, AlAzmi Abdullah5

1Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

2Business School, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

3Faculty of Medicine, University of Alzaim Alazhary, Alkhartoum, Sudan

4Faculty of Medicine, General Directorate of Health Affairs in the Northern Border Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

5Faculty of Medical Laboratory, General Directorate of Health Affairs in the Northern Border Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author E-mail: 55vidya42@gmail.com

Online published on 9 April, 2020.


In response to the economic crisis, the worldwide economic recession and its consequences have become a challenge to various healthcare organizations to control their health expenditures. The mainly affected areas are the cost containment and cost-effective practices by administrative staff and health economists. The purpose of this review literature study was embarked to identify evidence-based solutions to control the health expenditures. The current study had analyzed reviewed 30 articles using electronic databases from year 2006 to 2018. The reviewed articles were regarding quality of health services, health information technology, and organization empowerment. Getting insight and having a better understanding of these areas is beneficial to the decision makers to hold cost-effective practices in healthcare organizations. Significance of this study is to benefit from the in depth analysis drawn from literature review of the affected areas that had clogged of economic recession such as cost containment and cost-effective practices, thus an implication of this knowledge on the hospital administrative services are extremely valuable. Containing healthcare expenditure is achievable target despite of all currently compressing financial challenges, and radical solutions could be accomplished through visionary leaders.



Cost containment, Cost-effective practices, Health Information technology, Staff empowerment, Quality of health services.


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