This study estimates the costs of maternal health services in Rosario, Argentina. The provider costs (US$ 1999) of antenatal care, a normal vaginal delivery and a caesarean section, were evaluated retrospectively in two municipal hospitals. The cost of an antenatal visit was evaluated in two health centres and the patient costs associated with the visit were evaluated in a hospital and a health centre. Results suggest the potential for increasing the efficiency of resource use by promoting antenatal care visits at the primary level. Women could also benefit from reduced travel and waiting time. Similar benefits could accrue to the provider by encouraging normal delivery at general hospitals, and complicated deliveries at specialised maternity hospitals.
Borghi, J.; Bastus, S.; Belizan, M.; Hutton, G.; Fox-Rushby, J. Costs of publicly provided maternity services in Rosario, Argentina. Salud Pública de Mexico (2002) 45 (1) 27-34. [DOI: 10.1590/S0036-36342003000100004]