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Can we do better? Economic analysis of human resource investment to improve home care service for the elderly in Serbia

Authors Mihic M, Todorovic M, Obradovic V, Mitrovic Z

Received 21 September 2015

Accepted for publication 26 November 2015

Published 28 January 2016 Volume 2016:11 Pages 85—96


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Walker

Marko M Mihic, Marija Lj Todorovic, Vladimir Lj Obradovic, Zorica M Mitrovic

Department for Management and Specialised Management Disciplines, Faculty of Organisational Sciences, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

Background: Social services aimed at the elderly are facing great challenges caused by progressive aging of the global population but also by the constant pressure to spend funds in a rational manner.
Purpose: This paper focuses on analyzing the investments into human resources aimed at enhancing home care for the elderly since many countries have recorded progress in the area over the past years. The goal of this paper is to stress the significance of performing an economic analysis of the investment.
Methods: This paper combines statistical analysis methods such as correlation and regression analysis, methods of economic analysis, and scenario method.
Results: The economic analysis of investing in human resources for home care service in Serbia showed that the both scenarios of investing in either additional home care hours or more beneficiaries are cost-efficient. However, the optimal solution with the positive (and the highest) value of economic net present value criterion is to invest in human resources to boost the number of home care hours from 6 to 8 hours per week and increase the number of the beneficiaries to 33%.
Conclusion: This paper shows how the statistical and economic analysis results can be used to evaluate different scenarios and enable quality decision-making based on exact data in order to improve health and quality of life of the elderly and spend funds in a rational manner.

Keywords: home care, social investment, human resources, economic analysis, elderly

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