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Table 5 Elasticity, per visit costs, and economies of scale at government health centres and CHAM facilities at mean values

From: A cost function analysis of child health services in four districts in Malawi

Model Outpatient visits Inpatient admissions
  E MC AIC E MC AIC
Government health centres
1 0.53 2.81 6.68 0.05 23.7  
2 0.49 2.60 5.41 0.06 26.9
3 0.53 2.79 6.68 0.04 18.8 18.0
4 0.16 0.82 7.20 0.03 13.0  
CHAM Facilities
1 0.34 2.66 7.64 0.04 23.7  
2 0.30 2.37 6.12 0.04 26.9
3 0.34 2.64 7.65 0.03 18.5 17.9
4 0.10 0.79 8.76 0.02 13.0  
  1. E = Elasticity.
  2. MC = Marginal incremental cost.
  3. AIC = average incremental cost.