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Table 1 Unit costs used associated with the burden of prematurity in Canada

From: The economic burden of prematurity in Canada

Item Unit cost ($CAD) Source/comments
Prenatal unit costs for women at risk of preterm labor*
 Inpatient days 809.87 Canadian Institute of Health Information [7]
 Additional midwife visits 23.20 Working in Canada [32]
 Additional obstetrician visits 101.70 OHIP Schedule of benefits [30]
 Cervical cerclage 145.10 OHIP Schedule of benefits [30]
 Beta agonists 6.00 Ontario Drug Benefit formulary [33]
 Oxytocin receptor antagonists 67.75 OHIP Schedule of benefits [30]
Unit costs for different modes of delivery*
 Spontaneous delivery 498.70*** OHIP Schedule of benefits [30]
 Instrumental delivery 625.66*** OHIP Schedule of benefits [30]
 Elective caesarean 757.11*** OHIP Schedule of benefits [30]
 Emergency caesarean 786.51*** OHIP Schedule of benefits [30]
Unit costs associated with neonatal intensive care unit for preterm infants*
 Neonatal intensive care 1,628.60 OCCI [34]
 Neonatal normal care 388.00 OCCI [34]
Parameters associated with neonatal intensive care unit infrastructure
 Cost of building a facility 2,500,000 Assumption
 Number of infants cared for simultaneously 25 Assumption
 Lifetime of facility (years) 30 Assumption
 Resulting cost per infant per day 9.13 Function of above parameters
Unit costs between hospital discharge and age 2 years for preterm infants
 Inpatient stay (per day) 628.49 Harris 2011 [35]
 Outpatient visits NA Physician billings per visit used directly from RAMQ
Unit costs incurred between age 2 and 10 years for preterm infants*
 Pediatric ICU stay (per day) 2,002.86*** Harris 2011 [35]
 Pediatric procedures 111.88* RAMQ and OCCI [34]
 Other pediatric inpatient stay (per day) 628.49 Harris 2011 [35]
 Outpatient visits NA Physician billings per visit used directly from RAMQ
 Mainstream primary school 7,720.05* Learning Disabilities in Canada Report [12]
 Special school 15,666.45* Learning Disabilities in Canada Report [12]
Indirect costs incurred by families of preterm infants
 Gross pay per hour (male, full-time) 26.33 Statistics Canada (June 2012) [36]
 Gross pay per hour (female, full-time) 23.18 Statistics Canada (June 2012) [36]
 Gross pay per hour (male, part-time) 15.62 Statistics Canada (June 2012) [36]
 Gross pay per hour (female, part-time) 17.36 Statistics Canada (June 2012) [36]
  1. *Costs were inflated to 2012 where appropriate by using Canadian health inflators; ***Weighted average inflated to 2012; CIHI = Canadian Institute for Health Information; OCCI = Ontario Case Costing Initiative; OHIP = Ontario Health Insurance Plan; RAMQ = Regie de l'assurance Maladie du Quebec.