Development of unit cost for the health services offered at King FAHD Central hospital Jazan, Saudi Arabia

Ghilan, Khalid, Mehmood, Asim, Ahmed, Zafar, Nahari, Ahmed, Almalki, Mohammed J., Jabour, Abdulrahman M. and khan, Fahad (2021) Development of unit cost for the health services offered at King FAHD Central hospital Jazan, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 28 (1). pp. 643-650. ISSN 1319-562X

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Background: Efficiency remains one of the most important drivers of decision making in health care system. Fund allocators need to receive structured information about the cost healthcare services from hospitals for better decisions related to resource allocation and budgeting. The objective of the study was to estimate the unit cost for health services offered to inpatients in King Fahd Central hospital (KFCH) Jazan during the financial year 2018. Methods: We applied a retrospective approach using a top-down costing method to estimate the cost of health care services. Clinical and Administrative departments divided into cost centres, and the unit cost was calculated by dividing the total cost of final care cost centres into the total number of patients discharged in one year. The average cost of inpatient services was calculated based on the average cost of each ward and the number of patients treated. Results: The average cost per patient stayed in KFCH was SAR 19,034, with the highest cost of SAR 108,561 for patients in the Orthopedic ward. The average cost of the patient in the Surgery ward, Plastic surgery, Neurosurgery, Medical ward, Pediatric ward and Gynecology ward was SAR 33,033, SAR 29,425, SAR 23,444, SAR 20,450, SAR 9579 and SAR 8636 respectively. Conclusion: This study provides necessary information about the cost of health care services in a tertiary care setting. This information can be used as a primary tool and reference for further studies in other regions of the country. Hence, this data can help to provide a better understanding of tertiary hospital costing in the region to achieve the privatization objective.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: The authors would like to thank the deanship of scientific research at Jazan University for the funding.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health economics, Hospital costing, Patient-level costing, Saudi Arabia, Tertiary Hospital, Top-down costing
Subjects: A300 Clinical Medicine
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 12:16
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 12:30

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