Estimating The Costs Of Specialist Out-Patient Services In A Public Hospital

R. Zainal, M. Mahat
2014 Value in Health  
A LT H 1 7 ( 2 0 1 4 ) A 7 1 9 -A 8 1 3 where the costs were allocated to the different cost-centres. Capital costs were annualised cost of capital item with life expectancy of more than 1 year and recurrent cost were all inputs consumed within a year. Total costs were then allocated to the in-patient and out-patient services based on historical financial data with a ratio of 1: 4. This was then followed by a stepwise approach of allocating the ancillary department cost centres to the clinical
more » ... epartment cost centres. The unit cost per patient visit was calculated based on the number of visits for each department. Base year of 2010 was used to calculate the cost and patients visits. Costs were calculated from the perspective of the hospital. Results: The cost per visit to the out-patient department averaged at MYR 96.83 (USD 29.34). The cost per visit to the medical department and surgical department was MYR 138.66 (USD 42.02) and 273.39 (USD 82.84) respectively. ConClusions: The findings provide an estimate of the costs for out-patient visit. At the current minimal fee of MYR 5.00 (USD 1.5), the Ministry of Health is subsidising more than 95.0% of the health care cost for each patient. These estimates provide the policy-makers with an understanding of the cost data should they need to establish a cost basis for payment rates.
doi:10.1016/j.jval.2014.08.431 pmid:27202949 fatcat:i2j3kw3zuzc45gr3g4r6sqbfv4