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Term: Health Care Utilization

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2008-02-14


The measure of the population's use of the health care services available to them. This includes the utilization of Hospital resources, Personal Care Home (PCH) resources, and physician resources. Health care utilization and health status are used to examine how efficiently a health care system produces health in a population.

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Term used in 

  • Chartier M, Finlayson G, Prior H, McGowan K, Chen H, de Rocquigny J, Walld R, Gousseau M. Health and Healthcare Utilization of Francophones in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Report] [Summary] (View)
  • Kozyrskyj A, Lix L, Dahl M, Soodeen R. High-cost Users of Pharmaceuticals: Who are They? Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2005. [Report] [Summary] (View)
  • Roos NP, Forget E, Walld R, MacWilliam L. Does universal comprehensive insurance encourage unnecessary use? Evidence from Manitoba says "no". Can Med Assoc J 2004;170(2):209-214. [Abstract] (View)

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