Understanding health care usage is critical to planning and improving our health care system. Our team investigates: who are these users, presently, and based on their habits, who will the users be in the future? Our goal is to use this present-moment inquiry into health care spending to generate comprehensive expenditure categories, which will afford health care forecasting, and reveal the effects of broader determinants, like socioeconomic status (SES), in leading to high health care utilization.
Since 2014, Dr. Rosella and her team have published on the role of various factors including health behaviours demographics and SES gradients in relation to health care systems. Her team is focused on honing the beacon of inquiry in this area, so that the rising cost of health care may be understood from an upstream perspective.
To learn more about our work in this area, please see the following resources:
- Rosella L.C., Pinto A., Petch J. Opinion: What’s really driving high-cost use of health care. 2015 May 8. Available from: http://healthydebate.ca/opinions/high-cost-users
- Stone, C., Rosella L.C., Goel, V. High users of health care: are we asking the right questions? Healthy Debate. 2013 September 25. Available from: http://healthydebate.ca/opinions/a-population-health-perspective-on-high-users-of-health-care. Rosella L.C., Wodchis W., Fitzpatrick T., Manson H., Goel V. High-cost health care users in Ontario, Canada: demographic, socio-economic, and health status characteristics. BMC Health Services Research. 2014; 14:532. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25359294
- Fitzpatrick T., Rosella L.C., Calzavara A., Pinto A., Petch J., Manson H., Goel V., Wodchis W. Looking beyond income and education: SES gradients among future high-cost users of healthcare. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015; 49(2): 161-171. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0749379715000823.
- Stone C.J., Rosella L.C., Goel V. Population health perspective on high users of health care: Role of Family Physicians. Canadian Family Physician. 2014; 60: 781-783. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4162685/.