Measuring the net profit of laboratory services: A case study in Iran
Message:
Abstract:
Background
Clinical laboratories need to manage resources properly and scientifically to survive in today's highly competitive environment. In this context, scientific-economic principles should be considered to determine the profitability or loss of laboratories. Thus, in this study, the net profit of laboratory services was measured based on scientific-economic principles.

Methods
This was an applied research with descriptive-retrospective approach. A laboratory was selected from 61 laboratories of Kerman, Iran, which performed the highest number of tests among the laboratories of this city. In addition, due to easy access, it was the most visited laboratory by patients. The present study had 2 main phases: (1) measuring the price of services and (2) calculating the net profit of the studied laboratory. Data analysis was performed using activity- based costing (ABC) as an econometric model and Excel software.

Results
The highest charges were related to direct costs (78.28%); consumable goods (47.26%) and professional and logistic human resources (46.31%) had the highest share of these costs. In the test groups, the most expensive tests belonged to the hormones (23.03%) and clinical chemistry (20.84%). Total cost, revenue, and the net profit of the studied laboratory were 641 645, 1 390 942, and 749 297 USD, respectively. After doing sensitivity analysis (50% increase in the frequency of tests), the following values were obtained: 987 071, 2 086 413, and 1 099 342, respectively.

Conclusion
Some test groups in the studied laboratory were not profitable, and this was due to the high cost of these tests and illogical tariffs. One way to overcome this problem is to increase the frequency of laboratory tests.
Article Type:
Research/Original Article
Language:
English
Published:
Medical Journal Of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Volume:32 Issue: 1, 2018
Pages:
62 - 67
magiran.com/p1866193  
برخی از خدمات از جمله دانلود متن مقالات تنها به مشترکان مگیران ارایه می‌گردد. شما می‌توانید به یکی از روش‌های زیر مشترک شوید:
اشتراک شخصی
در سایت عضو شوید و هزینه اشتراک یک‌ساله سایت به مبلغ 400,000ريال را پرداخت کنید. همزمان با برقراری دوره اشتراک بسته دانلود 100 مطلب نیز برای شما فعال خواهد شد!
پرداخت با کارتهای اعتباری بین المللی از طریق PayPal امکانپذیر است.
اشتراک سازمانی
به کتابخانه دانشگاه یا محل کار خود پیشنهاد کنید تا اشتراک سازمانی این پایگاه را برای دسترسی همه کاربران به متن مطالب خریداری نمایند!
توجه!
  • دسترسی به متن مقالات این پایگاه در قالب ارایه خدمات کتابخانه دیجیتال و با دریافت حق عضویت صورت می‌گیرد و مگیران بهایی برای هر مقاله تعیین نکرده و وجهی بابت آن دریافت نمی‌کند.
  • حق عضویت دریافتی صرف حمایت از نشریات عضو و نگهداری، تکمیل و توسعه مگیران می‌شود.
  • پرداخت حق اشتراک و دانلود مقالات اجازه بازنشر آن در سایر رسانه‌های چاپی و دیجیتال را به کاربر نمی‌دهد.