Volume 16, Issue 2 (9-2018)                   sjsph 2018, 16(2): 114-125 | Back to browse issues page

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Yaghoubi M, Javadi M, Karimi S, Pirasteh V. Costs of Normal and Caesarian Section Delivery Before and After Implementation of the National Health Sector Evolution Plan in Iran from the Perspectives of Patients, Health Service Providers and Hospitals. sjsph. 2018; 16 (2) :114-125
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1- Ph.D. Associate Professor, Health Management Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Ph.D. Health Management and Economic Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
3- Ph.D. Associate Professor, Health Management and Economic Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
4- BSc. Student, Students Research Committee, School of Management and Medical Information, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
Abstract:   (291 Views)
Background and Aim: Iran's Health Sector Evolution Plan (HSEP) is one of the most important national health reform plans. HSEP has attracted many criticisms. An important criticism is about its service costs. This article reports the results of a project conducted to compare the costs of normal and caesarian section delivery before and after implementation of the HSEP.
Materials and Methods: This was an applied research project using hospital accounting records as data. A total of 120 delivery files (60 normal delivery and 60 caesarian section) were selected randomly from the accounting software of a large hospital in Isfahan before and after May, 2014.The data in each subject’s file ─ paid shares of the hospital, patient and insurance ─ but not hoteling, inpatient and other costs was extracted. The health service providers’ incomes based on the annual tariffs of the services and changes in payments for each service for gynecologist and anesthesiologists were calculated. Data were analyzed using the excel software.
Results: The costs of normal delivery and caesarian section after implementation of the National HSEP had increased by 193% and 226%, respectively. In addition, of the treating physicians (gynecologists and anesthesiologists) had also increased by 257% for the normal and by 130% for caesarian section. Changes in the sums of money involved in service delivery indicates shifting of parts of the costs from the patients to the health subsidy and insurance systems.
Conclusion: The health System Evolution has not lead to real reductions in the out-of-pocket money paid by the patients. Higher cost of services will imply the need for better cost management. Increased costs of services will be to the benefit of neither patients nor the health system. This would mean that in designing and implementation of the Health Sector Evolution Plan economic aspects should be taken into consideration more carefully.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Public Health
Received: 2018/09/18 | Accepted: 2018/09/18 | Published: 2018/09/18

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