Comparison of Costs of Home and Facility-based Basic Obstetric Care in Rural Bangladesh

Authors

  • J Borghi Health Policy Unit, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT
  • N Sabina Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka
  • C Ronsmans Infections Disease and Epidemiology Unit, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT
  • J Killewo Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, Dar es Salaam

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v28i3.5558

Keywords:

Comparative studies, Cost-benefit analysis, Healthcare costs, Maternal health, Obstetric care, Bangladesh

Abstract

This study compared the costs of providing antenatal, delivery and postnatal care in the home and in a
basic obstetric facility in rural Bangladesh. The average costs were estimated by interviewing midwives
and from institutional records. The main determinants of cost in each setting were also assessed.
The cost of basic obstetric care in the home and in a facility was very similar, although care in the home
was cheaper. Deliveries in the home took more time but this was offset by the capital costs associated with
facility-based care. As use-rates increase, deliveries in a facility will become cheaper. Antenatal and postnatal
care was much cheaper to provide in the facility than in the home. Facility-based delivery care is likely to
be a cheaper and more feasible method for the care provider as demand rises. In settings where skilled attendance
rates are very low, home-based care will be cheaper.

Key words: Comparative studies; Cost-benefit analysis; Healthcare costs; Maternal health; Obstetric care;
Bangladesh

DOI: 10.3329/jhpn.v28i3.5558

J HEALTH POPUL NUTR 2010 Jun;28(3):286-293

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Borghi, J., Sabina, N., Ronsmans, C., & Killewo, J. (2010). Comparison of Costs of Home and Facility-based Basic Obstetric Care in Rural Bangladesh. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 28(3), 286–293. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v28i3.5558

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