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Table 5 Estimated costs (USD) of shifting from PAC to safe, legal induced abortion in 93 PAC-providing public health facilities1,2

From: Costs of postabortion care in public sector health facilities in Malawi: a cross-sectional survey

  Current Projected
   Only MVA3 MVA/Misoprostol4
Procedure type distribution for first trimester, legal, induced abortion
MVA ($17)   100 % 70 %
Misoprostol-alone ($10)   - 30 %
Total annual cost $314,008 [$287,406 - $502,522] $250,332 $219,408
Percent decrease from current costs - 20 % 30 %
  1. 1Cost data collection occurred in 2010
  2. 2All costs were calculated using median per-case costs
  3. 3Women only have MVA available
  4. 4Women have a choice between MVA and misoprostol-alone