What is the Cost of Logistics Activities in Healthcare Businesses? A Case Study of a Medical Centre in Turkiye


Cavmak D., AKSOYLU S.

JOURNAL OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT, 2024 (ESCI) identifier identifier

Abstract

Logistics holds an important role in healthcare provision. One of the significant dimensions of logistics is the cost incurred for these activities. However, the cost of logistics is an overlooked issue in most healthcare organisations. The purpose of this study is to provide an insight into the cost of logistic activities in healthcare businesses. A case study was conducted in a medical centre in Istanbul. Historical data (second half of 2021) were used for the analysis. Activity-based costing method was adopted for cost calculation. In line with this approach, logistic activities of the medical centre were examined, and logistic activity centres were determined. Resource consumption of each centre was determined based on interviews with staff and records of the accounting department. Consequently, the costs of all logistic activities of the medical centre were calculated, and their share in the total cost of service production was determined. The total logistical cost of the healthcare centre was calculated to be ,983 pound. The cost of patient services and transporting activity centres accounted for 49% of total logistical costs. The costs of logistic activities accounted for 15.42% of the total cost of service. The results of the study show that logistic activities have a significant share of the total cost of service production in the medical centre. Activity-based costing is an effective way of calculating costs of logistic activities in healthcare services. Managers can use cost data to improve logistic processes.