Healthcare management is a very complex and demanding business. The pro - cesses involved – operational, tactical and strategic – are extremely divers, sophisticated, and we see medical-technological advancements following on each other’s heels at breathtaking speed. And then there is the constant great pressure exerted from many sides: ever-increasing needs and demands from patients and society, thinking about organizations, growing competition, necessity to incorporate these rapidly succeeding medical-technological advancements into the organization, strict cost containment, growing demand for healthcare, and a constant tightening of budgets. These developments force healthcare managers in the individual organizations to find a balance between said developments, the feasibilities of organization in question, and the desired healthcare outcomes in an ever-changing world. The search for individual organizational balances requires that the world of professional competencies, i.e. the clinicians, and the world of healthcare managers should speak the same language when weighing the various developments and translating the outcomes into organizational choices. For the clinicians to make the right choices they must be facilitated to appraise the effects of their choices on organizational outcomes. Likewise, the healthcare managers’ decision- making process should include the effects on the medical policies pursued by the individual clinicians in the own organization. This thesis places a focus on developing methods for allocation of hospital resources within a framework that enables clinicians and healthcare managers to balance the developments on the various levels, thus providing a basis for policymaking.

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Steyerberg, Prof. Dr. E.W. van (promotor), Tilanus, Prof. Dr. H.W. (promotor)
H.W. Tilanus (Hugo)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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