Revista chilena de nutrición
versión ISSN 0717-7518
VILLANUEVA R, Martha et al. COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROGRAM OF CONTROL OF THE HEALTHY CHILD IN THE FIRST LEVEL OF CARE. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2011, vol.38, n.4, pp. 438-443. ISSN 0717-7518. doi: 10.4067/S0717-75182011000400006.
Objective: To determine the cost-effectiveness of the control program of healthy children at the primary care level. Methodology: Children were divided into two groups, with and without allocation of milk, measured at 8,10 and 12 months of age. We evaluated 200 children with weight for age and heightfor age. Total cost estimate included the unit cost and service utilization in Family Medicine, EMI, Preventive Medicine, Laboratory, Office and Pharmacy. Results: The results of height for age alternative were most cost effective in all three measurements in the group without milk allocation of milk. For $ 3,000 invested in this option you get an effectiveness of85.36% at 12 months, 96.67% at 10 months and 98.05% at 8 months), while the effectiveness for the group without milk allocation was 69.53% at 12 months, 82.46% at 10 months and91.60% at 8 months. Conclusion: The most cost-effective control program for healthy children at the first level of care is the one withoyt allocation of milk.
Palabras clave : children; cost effectiveness; growth.