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RESTREPO, CAROLINA; ECHAVARRIA, JUAN CARLOS; MANRIQUE H, RUBÉN DARÍO  and  VALENCIA Z, JUAN ESTEBAN. Cost of home care as alternative institutional hospitalization: Period January - December 2007. CES Med. [online]. 2009, vol.23, n.1, pp.27-35. ISSN 0120-8705.

Objective: To evaluate the cost of hospital at home compared to hospital institution, taking into account the epidemiological profile and the days stay. Methods: A retrospective, longitudinal, conducted with patients of an insurance company with products like health insurance and prepaid-medicine, which made use of hospital and institutional home for the period January to December of 2007. Results: We found that the cost of home hospitalization is 18 % of the total institutional cost of hospitalization. The difference was evaluated by epidemiological profile and number of days stay. Conclusions: The home care is an option to reduce the cost of care and allows the recovery of the patient in his environment.

Keywords : Hospital homecare; Hospital institutional; Cost.

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