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Title
The cost effectiveness of prenatal care.
First Author
Henderson, James W
Date of Pub
1994 Summer
Pages
21-32
Volume
15
Issue
4
Other Authors
N/A
Abstract
This study uses hospital records for 7,000 births in McLennan County, Texas, during the period June 1987-July 1989 to examine the association between prenatal care and birth outcome and the implications for hospital costs of newborn infants. After controlling for a variety of maternal and birth factors, a significant relationship between prenatal care and birth outcome remained. Females who failed to receive prenatal care were almost three times as likely to have a low-birth-weight infant (weighing less than 2,500 grams) than females who did. Using an ordinary least squares (OLS) estimating equation (R2 = .24), the net expected hospital cost savings for females who received prenatal care was over $1,000.
Abstract Continued
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MeSH
Causality : Comparative Study : Cost-Benefit Analysis/statistics & numerical data : Data Collection : Ethnic Groups : Female : Health Services Research : Hospital Charges/statistics & numerical data : Hospital Costs/statistics & numerical data : Hospitalization/economics : Human : Infant, Low Birth Weight : Infant, Newborn : Intensive Care Units, Neonatal/economics : Least-Squares Analysis : Marital Status : Pregnancy : Pregnancy Outcome/economics : Prenatal Care/economics/statistics & numerical data/utilization : Texas/epidemiology
NTIS Number
PB99-106437