Table 1

Cost categories and methods of data collection in Tigray Region, Ethiopia.

Funding sources

Cost data and cost categories

Cost estimation

Sources of data


Patients

Indirect cost

Income lost for the time lost from work during consultations at various care providers.

Income lost for days way from work were estimated at local labour cost of $0.88 per day (unemployed patients) or using daily rates derived from their monthly income.

Patient interview

Income lost for time lost from work travelling for consultations from home to public health facilities.

Income lost for travel time was estimated at labour cost of $0.11 per hour (for unemployed patients) or using hourly rates derived from their monthly incomes (for employed patients).

Patient interview

Direct cost

Transport cost

Money spent for transport (number of round trips) from home to care providers was compiled.

Patient interview

Lodging cost

Money spent for food and accommodations for days way from home for consultation were compiled from patient interview.

Patient interview

Cost of other drugs

Costs of drugs incurred to patients were compiled from the number of prescriptions given to patients and their unit price. Costs incurred in alternative care providers were inquired from patients.

Medical record/patient interview

Consultations cost

Costs of consultations made in public health facilities were calculated at a cost of $ 0.5 per visit while expenditures at alternative care providers were inquired from patients.

Medical record/patient interview

Investigation cost.

Costs were compiled from the number of investigation carried our and their unit price.

Medical record

Cost of hospital admissions

Hospital admission costs were collected for days of admissions at a cost of $ 3.2 per day

Medical record


Escorts

Direct cost

Lodging cost

Expenditures for food and accommodation for numbers of days of stay accompanying patients during consultations were inquired.

Patient interview

Transport cost

Transport cost was compiled for round trips made from home to care providers.

Patient interview

Indirect cost

Income lost for time lost from work travelling with patients from home to public health facilities.

Income lost for hours of travel to public health facilities were estimated at local labour cost ($0.11 per hour for unemployed escorts) and hourly rates derived from their monthly incomes for those who were employed or had regular monthly income.

Patient interview

Income lost for the time spent accompanying patients during consultations at alternative providers and public health providers.

For unemployed escorts, income lost for number days way from work were estimated using local labour cost of $0.88 per day. Income lost for employed escorts were estimated using rates derived from their monthly income.

Patient interviews


Public health system

Direct costs

Cost of other drugs prescribed to patients for free.

Costs of other drugs were compiled from the number of prescriptions given to patients and their unit price.

Medical record

Cost of investigations at no cost to patients.

Costs were computed from the number of investigation carried out and their unit price

Medical record

Cost of hospital admissions at no cost to patients.

Hospital admission costs were computed for days of admission at a cost of $ 3.2 per day

Medical record

Consultations cost at no cost to patients.

Costs were computed for the number of consultations made in public health facilities at a cost of $ 0.5 per consultation.

Medical record


Mesfin et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:173   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-173

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