Programme description: The FHMP started in August 1989.
These costs comprise hospital costs only for patients in the control group and hospital costs plus the costs of the FHMP for patients in the programme group.
The costs of the FHMP included staff time, use of medical goods, office space and travel time for home visits.
Costs: The costs of managing patients with fractured hip before the FHMP averaged $Aus 11 060 per patient.
The FHMP succeeded in reducing hospital lengths of stay by between 3 and 6 days and, on the assumptions used here, released scarce hospital resources valued more highly than the costs of the programme.
Finally, the success of the FHMP depends in part on the assumptions made about the value of the bed-days released.
Even if only 50% of the average cost of a bed could be translated into financial savings, then the FHMP succeeds in paying for itself.