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African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine

versão On-line ISSN 2071-2936
versão impressa ISSN 2071-2928


MAHOMED, Ozayr  e  CASSIM, Naseem. Appropriateness of laboratory expenditure for primary health care facilities across South Africa. Afr. j. prim. health care fam. med. (Online) [online]. 2023, vol.15, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 2071-2936.

BACKGROUND: Primary health care (PHC) services have been prioritised from a cost-containment perspective. To manage expenditure, facility managers use the Laboratory Handbook that indicates the Essential Laboratory List (ELL) tests AIM: The aim of this study was to analyse PHC laboratory expenditure to assess the impact of the ELL in South Africa SETTING: We reported ELL compliance at the national, provincial and health district levels METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was used to analyse data for the 2019 calendar year. The unique tariff code descriptions were used to develop a lookup table to identify ELL compliant testing. Researchers analysed data for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) conditional grant tests and by facility for the bottom two districts RESULTS: There were 356 497 tests (1.3%) that were not ELL compliant that equated to an expenditure of $2.4 million. Essential Laboratory List compliance ranged from 97.9% to 99.2% for clinics, community healthcare centres and community day centres. The provincial ELL compliance ranged from 97.6% for the Western Cape to 99.9% for the Mpumalanga province. The average cost per ELL test was $7.92. At the district level, ELL compliance ranged from 93.4% for Central Karoo to 100% for Ehlanzeni CONCLUSIONS: High levels of ELL compliance have been demonstrated from the national to the health district level, demonstrating the value of the ELL CONTRIBUTION: This study provides data for quality improvement initiatives at primary care facilities

Palavras-chave : ideal clinic; Essential Laboratory List test; primary health care; healthcare expenditure; South Africa; appropriateness; national health insurance.

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