Patient-Level Cost Estimation for Health Services at Secondary Hospital, Saudi Arabia

Asim Mehmood, Zafar Ahmed, Fahad Khan Azeez, Sohail Akhtar, Wajiha Rehman, Sumaira Idrees

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Abstract

Cost information can help to improve the quality of medical care budgeting, and it can also improve the efficient allocation of resources and patient outcomes. The objective of this study was to estimate the inpatient unit cost of healthcare services in a secondary hospital in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional retrospective approach was applied to categorize the inpatients discharged from the hospital from January to December 2018. A top-down costing method for cost estimation was used. We found that the overhead cost center holds 40.17% of the total hospital cost, and intermediate and final care cost centers consumed 25.50% and 34.33%, respectively. Among inpatients wards, the Surgical ward had the highest operational cost (39.27%). Human resources consumed the hospital's highest resources (75%) on salaries. The hospital's cost structure was not remarkable and needs revolutionary changes to adopt the new payment mechanism envisioned in the 2030 Saudi vision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1723-1730
Number of pages8
JournalOpen Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume10
Issue numberE
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2022

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