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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 153-158
A comparative study to analyze the cost of curative care at primary health center in Ahmedabad


Department of Community Medicine, B. J. Medical College, New Civil Hospital Campus, Asarwa, Ahmedabad-380 016, India

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Neeta Mathur
Department of Community Medicine, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.62585

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Objectives: To determine the unit cost of curative care provided at Primary Health Centers (PHCs) and to examine the variation in unit cost in different PHCs. Materials and Methods: The present study was carried out in three PHCs of Ahmedabad district namely Sanathal, Nandej, and Uperdal, between 1 April, 2006 and 31 March, 2007. For estimating the cost of a health program, information on all the physical and human resources that were basic inputs to the PHC services were collected and grouped into two categories, non-recurrent (capital resources vehicles, buildings, etc.) and recurrent resources (salaries, drugs, vaccines, contraceptives, maintenance, etc.). To generate the required data, two types of schedules were developed, daily time schedule and PHC/SC (Subcenter) information schedule. Results: The unit cost of curative care was lowest (Rs. 29.43) for the Sanathal PHC and highest (Rs. 88.26) for the Uperdal PHC, followed by the Nandej PHC with Rs. 40.88, implying severe underutilization of curative care at the Uperdal PHC. Conclusions: Location of health facilities is a problem at many places. As relocation is not possible or even feasible, strengthening of infrastructure and facilities at these centers can be taken up immediately.


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