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Location of Preventive Health Care Facilities


  • Vedat Verter


  • Sophie Lapierre


This paper is focused on the problem of locating preventive health care facilities. The aim is to maximize participation to prevention programs. We assume that distance is a major determinant of participation and people would go to the closest facility for preventive health care. Each facility is required to have more than a predetermined number of clients because of the direct relationship between volume and quality of preventive services. We provide a mathematical formulation and present alternative solution approaches for this new location problem. We report on computational performance of the proposed methods in locating public health centers in Fulton County, Georgia and mammography screening centers in Montreal, Quebec. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

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  • Vedat Verter & Sophie Lapierre, 2002. "Location of Preventive Health Care Facilities," Annals of Operations Research, Springer, vol. 110(1), pages 123-132, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:annopr:v:110:y:2002:i:1:p:123-132:10.1023/a:1020767501233
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1020767501233

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