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Health_Based Research 2019, 4(4): 335-347 Back to browse issues page
The Cost of Internal and Neurosurgery ICUs in a Selected Teaching Hospital: A Case Study
Safieh Mehrinekhad , Ali Sarabi Asiabar , Aziz Rezapour , Anahita Shokri * , Zahra Meshkani , Vahid Alipour , Seyed Zeia Emadi Chachkami
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The Cost of Internal and Neurosurgery ICUs in a Selected Teaching Hospital: A Case Study
 
Mehrinezhad Safieh1, Sarabi Asiabar Ali2, Rezapour Aziz3, Shokri Anahita4*, Meshkani Zahra4,
 Alipour Vahid5, Emadi Chachkami Seyed Zeia6
 


1. Assistant Professor, Department of Business Management, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University,Tehran, Iran
2. PhD in Governmental Management, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3. Associate Professor, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4. Ph.D. Student, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5. Assistant Professor, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
6. Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Jouybar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mazandaran, Iran
*Correspondence: Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, No. 6, Rashid Yasemi St. Vali –e Asr Ave, Tehran, Iran
Tel: 00982188671614                                               Email: shokri.a@tak.iums.ac.ir


Abstract:
Background & Objectives: Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is the most important units in hospitals, which imposes high costs to patients. This unit is considered as one of the high-cost unit for providing End-of-Life Services. The cost analysis of the ICUs can help managers decide on how to provide the services of this unit.
Methods: In this descriptive study, the total cost of Internal and Neurosurgery ICUs in a selected teaching hospital affiliated to Iran University of Medical Sciences in 2017, was evaluated using top-down approach. The financial records of the units and data on the cost drivers were collected from accounting and related units, respectively.
Results: About 7% of the total hospital costs was related to the ICUs. The direct costs allocated to the internal and neurosurgery units were about $2261000 and $928000, respectively. Payments, medicines, and hospital consumables had the highest share of costs, respectively. By considering the total costs, the units as well as services studied were loss-making. 
Conclusion: Given that the hospital is a teaching one, teaching students about saving resources reduces the costs. Also, by providing home health care services for patients at the end-of-life stage hospitalized in the ICUs can also help the hospital achieve its financial goals.
 
Key­words: Activity-based costing, Overhead cost, Cost of End-of-Life services, Teaching hospital, Intensive care units
 
­Citation: Mehrinezhad S, Sarabi A, Rezapour A, Shokri A, Zahra Meshkani Z, Alipour V, et al. The Cost of Internal and Neurosurgery ICUs in a Selected Teaching Hospital: A Case Study. Journal of Health Based Research 2019; 4(3): 335-47. [In Persian]
 
Keywords: Activity-based costing, Overhead cost, Cost of End-of-Life services, Teaching hospital, Intensive care units
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Mehrinekhad S, Sarabi Asiabar A, Rezapour A, Shokri A, Meshkani Z, Alipour V et al . The Cost of Internal and Neurosurgery ICUs in a Selected Teaching Hospital: A Case Study. Health_Based Research. 2019; 4 (4) :335-347
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