This paper reviews the application of systems analysis to the planning of health services. Planning models which have employed a systems analysis approach in the health field are critically examined, their strengths and limitations are considered and areas where more research is needed are indicated. New approaches which attempt to eliminate these limitations are presented. The use of health indices as performance indicators of the health services system, as social development indicators and their use as intrinsic variables in the models of development is also critically examined.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Economics and Econometrics
- Strategy and Management
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
- Management Science and Operations Research