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The operational cost of a urology unit

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Anuruddha M Abeygunasekera ,

Urology Unit, Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Galle, Sri Lanka., LK
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MT Duminda,

Urology Unit, Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Galle, Sri Lanka., LK
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Thushara Chamintha,

Urology Unit, Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Galle, Sri Lanka., LK
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Ruwan Jayasingha

Urology Unit, Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Galle, Sri Lanka., LK
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Abstract

Objectives To assess the operational cost of a urology unit, individual cost for certain index operations in urology, and to develop a framework to audit finances of a unit.

Design A financial audit.

Setting Urology unit in a teaching hospital.

Methods Data of cost in providing urology services during one month were collected. It included three main areas: ward, operating theatre and outpatient clinic. Direct costs included staff wages, drugs, consumables, investigations and food. Indirect expenses such as administration, water, electricity and cleaning services were also calculated. For each type of operation a relative value was assigned depending on the nature of the operation. When direct expenses were not available, the hospital was divided into different cost centres and apportioning of the cost was done accordingly.

Results The monthly operational cost of running a 19 bed urology unit with three operating sessions a week was Rs. 1 294 259. Staff wages constituted 61.2% of the cost. The cost of performing a pyelolithotomy was Rs. 18 669. Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) was done at a cost of Rs. 21 271.

Conclusion When the basic principles and the framework are understood, clinicians can perform financial audit and cost analysis of their units.  

Key words: cost analysis, financial management, health economics, audit

doi:10.4038/cmj.v53i2.231  

Ceylon Medical Journal Vol. 53, No. 2, June 2008 pp.45-48

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v53i2.231
How to Cite: Abeygunasekera, A.M., Duminda, M., Chamintha, T. and Jayasingha, R., 2008. The operational cost of a urology unit. Ceylon Medical Journal, 53(2), pp.45–48. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v53i2.231
Published on 12 Dec 2008.
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