Table 2

Unit costs of allied health and community services in selected countries
Service Cost given by individual studies 2011 $AD Mean (SD), range
United Kingdom
Counselling $77.89 [31], $111.25 [31]1 $94.57 per consultation (23.59) $77.89-$111.25
Home care $19.16 [31], $44.23 [32], $17.75 [33], $24.31 [34], $27.72 [35] $26.63 per hour (13.04) $17.75- $44.23
Podiatry $46.97 [32], $28.70 [36], $53.67 [35] $43.11 per consultation (12.92) $28.70-$53.67
Dietetics $135.67 [32] $135.67 per consultation
Home nursing $46.62 [32], $34.50 [33], $55.89 [37], $112.42 [38], $38.69 [34], $41.28 [39] $54.90 per consultation (29.13) $34.50-$112.42
Physiotherapy $24.29 [35], $41.97 [40], $26.58 [39]2, $48.13 [41], $64.23 [42]3, $35.16 [43], $34.31[12]4, $54.00 [44] (NHS) $41.08 per consultation (13.77) $24.29-$64.23
$62.48 per hour [21] (NHS) $62.48 per hour
$104.14 [42]5, $45.40 [34], $34.22 [21]6, $45.34 [12], $106.97 [32], $104.27 [41], $83.30 [21]7 (Private) $74.81 per consultation (32.19) $34.22-$104.14
$161.39 [37] (Private) $161.39 per hour
Occupational Therapy $106.97 [32], $24.29 [35], $45.32 [34] $547.88 [45] per day, $58.86 per consultation (42.97) $24.29-$106.97
Social Work $216.55 [32], $278.61 [35] $247.58 per consultation (43.88)
Speech Pathology $43.82 [34] $43.82 per consultation
$99.14 [32], $96.40 [35]8 $97.77 per hour (1.94)
Meals $5.87 [35], $9.82 [34] $7.85 per meal (2.82)
Family care $26.78 [34] $26.78 per hour
Respite care $254.32 [30] (NHS), $63.57 (VS), $117.86 (LCA) [30]10 $145.25 per day (98.28) $63.57-$254.32
Europe
Home care $25.67 [29] (FR), $34.01 [29] (GR), $30.32 [29] (UK), $48.57 [46], $52.64 [47], $55.21 [48] $41.07 per consultation (12.59) $25.67-$55.21
$60.15 [49] $60.15 per hour
Home Nursing $35.05 [50], $80.20 [49], $137.95 [46], $65.87 [51], $151.64 [47] $94.14 per consultation (49.27 $35.05-$151.64
Physiotherapy $85.49 [46]11, $76.44 [47] ,$36.75 [52]12 $66.23 per consultation (25.93) $36.75 -$85.49
$50.13 [53], $65.87 [51], $94.47 [48] $70.16 per hour – public (22.48) $50.13-$94.47
Occupational Therapy $94.47 [48], $99.09 [46]13 $96.78 per consultation (3.27)
$50.13 [53], $65.87 [51] $58.00 per hour- public (11.13) $50.13-$65.87
Staff travel 0.38c per km [50], 0.36c per km [53] 0.37c per km (.01) 0.36-0.38c per km
Meals $14.03 [49] $14.03 per meal
Cleaning $54.13 [49] $54.13 per hour
United States
Counselling $179.40 [14] per occasion of service $179.40 per consultation
Home care $10.36 [54] per hour $10.36 per hour
Home nursing $35.00 [54] per hour $35.00 per hour
Physiotherapy $32.96 [54] per occasion of service $32.96 per consultation
Social work $26.04 [54] per hour $26.04 per hour
Family care $8.64 [54], $20.41 [55] $14.53 per hour (8.32) $8.64-$20.41
Canada
Home care $26.53 [56] $26.53 per hour
Home nursing $67.56 [56] $67.56 per consultation
Physiotherapy $111.21 [56] $111.21 per consultation
Occupational Therapy $138.32 [56] $138.32 per consultation
Hong Kong
Home nursing $65.11 [57] $65.11 per consultation -public
New Zealand
Home nursing $20.80 [58] $20.80 per hour
Physiotherapy $24.22 [58] $24.22 per hour
Occupational Therapy $27.85 [59] $27.85 per consultation-public
Staff travel 0.78 per km [58], 0.69 per km [59] 0.74c per km (.06) (0.69-0.78)c per km

1cost dependent on level of complexity of the case.

2Service is 20 minutes- $28.43 for inpatient.

3Initial consultation, $32.10 subsequent visits.

4 Service is 20 minutes, Home visit $111.27.

5Initial consultation, $87.72 subsequent visits.

6 20 minute service.

7Clinical specialist.

8 $1.94 per minute (speech pathology) and $2.48 per minute (Home nursing).

9 Initial consultation, $87.72 subsequent visits.

10Cost is dependent on provider of service, NHS, voluntary sector or local council authority.

11 $101.03 for home visit.

12 Service is 30 minutes in duration.

13$101.03 for home visit.

Farag et al.

Farag et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:69   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-69

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