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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 27, No. 3, 2009, pp. 368-378
Bioline Code: hn09035
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2009, pp. 368-378

 en Direct Cost of Maternity-care Services in South Delhi: A Community Survey
Dhar, Rinku Sen Gupta; Nagpal, Jitender; Sinha, Swati; Bhargava, V.L.; Sachdeva, Aarti & Bhartia, Abhishek


The study was conducted to estimate the direct maternity-care expense for women who recently delivered in South Delhi and to explore its sociodemographic associations. A survey was conducted using the two-stage cluster-randomized sampling technique. Two colonies each from high-, middle- and low-income areas were selected by simple random sampling, followed by a house-to-house survey in each selected colony. Information was collected by recall of healthcare expenses for mother and child. In total, 249 subjects (of 282 eligible) were recruited. The mean expense for a normal vaginal delivery (n=182) was US$ 370.7, being much higher in a private hospital (US$ 1,035) compared to a government hospital (US$ 61.1) or a delivery in the home (US$ 55.3). Expenses for a caesarean delivery (n=67) were higher (US$ 1,331.1). Expenses for the lowest-income groups were ~10% of their annual family income at government facilities and ~26% at private hospitals. The direct maternity expense is high for large subsections of the population.

Community survey; Healthcare cost; Health expenditure; Maternal health services; Maternity care; India

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