Combining aggregated survey and administrative data to determine needs-based health care resource allocations to geographic areas in Ontario - ARCHIVED

Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 11-522-X19990015678


A population needs-based health care resource allocation model was developed and applied using age, sex and health status of populations to measure population need for health care in Ontario. To develop the model, provincial data on self-assessed health and health service utilization by age and sex from 62,413 respondents to the 1990 Ontario Health Survey (OHS) were used in combination with provincial health care expenditure data for the fiscal year 1995/96 by age and sex. The model was limited to the services that were covered in the OHS (general practitioner, specialist physician, optometry, physiotherapy, chiropractic and acute hospital). The distribution of utilization and expenditures between age-sex-health status categories was used to establish appropriate health care resource shares for each age-sex-health status combination. These resource shares were then applied to geographic populations using age, sex and health status data from the OHS together with more recent population estimates to determine the needs-based health care resource allocation for each area. Total dollar allocations were restricted to sum to the 1995/96 provincial budget and were compared with 1995/96 allocations to determine the extent to which Ontario allocations are consistent with the relative needs of the area populations.

Issue Number: 1999001
Author(s): Birch, Stephen; Eyles, John; Hurley, Jeremiah; Hutchison, Brian; Torrance-Rynard, Vicki
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CD-ROMMarch 2, 2000