Cost


Cost

I. A non-randomised trial investigating the cost-effectiveness of Midwifery Group Practice compared with standard maternity care arrangements in one Australian hospital (Toohill et al., 2011)

The study objective was to compare cost- effectiveness of Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) versus Standard Care (SC). The study found that women receiving MGP care were less likely to experience induction of labour, required fewer antenatal visits, received more post natal care, and neonates were less likely to be admitted to special care than those receiving standard care. Statistically significant lower costs were found for women and babies receiving MGP care compared with women receiving standard care.

Toohill, J., Turkstra, E., Gamble, J., & Scuffham, P. A. (2011). A non-randomised trial investigating the cost-effectiveness of Midwifery Group Practice compared with standard maternity care arrangements in one Australian hospital. Midwifery (Article in Press).

II. Community-based continuity of midwifery care versus standard hospital care: a cost analysis

This paper reports the costs of providing a new model of maternity care compared to standard care in an Australian public hospital. The mean cost of providing care per woman was lower in the group who had the new model of care compared with standard care ($2 579 versus $3 483). Cost savings associated with new model of care were maintained even after costs associated with admission to special care nursery were excluded. The cost saving was also sustained even when the caesarean section rate in the new model of care increased to beyond that of the standard care group.

 http://www.publish.csiro.au/?act=view_file&file_id=AH010085.pdf

III. Cost estimates of primary health care activities for remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory (Zhao et al., 2006)

This study presents estimates of the cost of providing primary health care to remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory for a number of common conditions, including antenatal care. The aim of the project was to inform the development of proposed Medicare items that will improve access for Aboriginal populations in remote areas to mainstream primary health care funding.

http://digitallibrary.health.nt.gov.au/dspace/bitstream/10137/59/3/Primary_health_care_costs.pdf

IV. Eligible midwives collaborating with public hospitals

This document outlines the requirement of midwives, in order for women to receive MBS rebates, and explains the cost benefits for public hospitals.

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V. Eligible midwives – how to implement visiting access to public hospitals

This guide has been developed by the Nursing and Midwifery Office of Queensland (NMOQ) as a “how to” guide for public hospitals and Hospital and Health Services (HHS) in Queensland to effectively work with eligible midwives to give women more options for maternity care.

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