Vryheid Hospital

Cost Per Patient Day Equivalent in District Hospitals

This indicator measures how the resources available to the hospital are being spent and is a marker of the efficiency of the hospital as a whole. It is a composite process indicator in that it links financial data with service-related data from the hospital admissions and outpatients.

The indicator measures the average cost per patient, per day, seen at a district hospital, and is expressed as Rands per patient day equivalent. The indicator value is calculated by dividing the total expenditure1 of the hospital by the patient day equivalent (PDE)2.