Term: Direct Costs of Inpatient Care

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2009-04-09


Those costs that can be identified as being directly attributable to inpatient services. Examples would include nursing services, drugs and other medical supplies. Direct costs exclude those costs that are shared by all hospital users, for example, information technology and human resources. The Management Information System (MIS) is used to identify these costs.

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  • Finlayson G, Reimer J, Dahl M, Stargardter M, McGowan K. The Direct Cost of Hospitalizations in Manitoba, 2005/06. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2009. [Summary] [Full Report] [Data extras] (View)