Healthcare institutions generally use an appointment system. However, patients often need to receive medical services unexpectedly. If they visit a clinic without an appointment, they may have to wait for a long time, as their priority is low. In this study, we investigated whether the clinic registration system can be improved by separating the queues and resources for different types of patients. From our simulation results, we found that under a certain setup, the separation policy does not effectively reduce the walk-ins’ waiting time, nor improve the service. The study gives valuable managerial insights into the factors affecting patients’ waiting times. As the number of random walk-ins is relatively higher, the service times are longer, and the no-show rate of appointments is lower, separation may reduce the waiting time of walk-in patients.
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|State||Published - Feb 2023|
- clinic registration
- queues with different priorities
- waiting of patients