Research Article

Disease cost in a surgical ward.

Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6164.647 (Published 10 March 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:647
  1. D R Harper

    Abstract

    Data relating to the cost of caring for individual patients were collected for all patients in a general surgical ward over a six-month period. From this the cost per patient was calculated for various diseases and was found to be related to duration of stay. Postoperative morbidity was important in determining cost. A system that calculates cost by means of units based on the use of resources rather than by cash cost accounting is probably the most suitable for a clinician who has to monitor resources.