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Table 6 Expenditures for Short Term Medical Missions

From: A systematic review of social, economic and diplomatic aspects of short-term medical missions

Author Journal Year Contribution
Propsner [50] New Jersey Medicinea 1998 $147,000 spent on one US facial reconstruction surgical mission to Africa. $28M in free services annually by one organization
Crown [49] Tennessee Medicinea 2005 $40,480 in direct and opportunity cost for 24 persons for five days work
Dupuis [51] Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2006 $78 average cost of operations if local staff utilized (“minimalist approach”)
Wolfberg [52] The New England Journal of Medicine 2006 Dramatically higher expenditures if full surgical team travels (in contrast to minimalist approach)
Maki et al. [2] BMC Health Services Research 2008 $50,000 per mission; $250M annually from US
Magee et al. [53] World Journal of Surgery 2010 Proposal for re-valuing DALYS
Chapin & Doocy [33] World Health and Population 2010 $22,647 average cost for a medical mission (convenience survey)
Gosselin et al. [55] World Journal of Surgery 2011 Orthopedic relief mission costs not more than planned mission costs in relation to DALYS
Chen et al. [72] World Journal of Surgery 2012 Activity based costing for a 5 day orthopedic mission cost effective in relation to DALYS
Moon et al. [54] World Journal of Surgery 2012 Cleft lip/palate mission cost effective in relation to DALYS
  1. aNon-refereed journals