Optimal visiting routes of the public hospital ship for medically underserved islands of South Korea

Authors: Gunhak Lee*, Seoul National University, Jiwoo Kim, Seoul National University
Topics: Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Location Theory
Keywords: medically underserved islands, public hospital ship, spatial optimization, vehicle routing problem, districting problem
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Tyler, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Although demand for health and medical services in island areas is very high, the provision of health care services is often underserved because island areas have lower accessibility to medical resources due to geographical isolation and have generally poor economic ability to afford high cost medical services. Therefore, a public hospital ship which plies directly from lands to islands is the only medically viable service in Korea, particularly to islands with no medical infrastructure. However, visiting medical services by hospital ships is not enough to cover all the island areas. This research investigates the current operating status of hospital ships systematically and suggests the optimized solutions for service areas and visiting routes of hospital ships, in order to improve health and wellness in medically underserved islands of South Korea. The results would be utilized as a realistic prescription to increase actual benefits of medically underserved populations and to reduce health disparities over geographic space.

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