In 2010, after voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) had been shown to be one of the most cost-effective strategies for preventing HIV infections, South Africa initiated a VMMC program with an ambitious target of performing 4.3 million circumcisions by 2016. However, because of a gap in knowledge concerning the overall cost of scaling up services, the South African National Department of Health requested that Project SOAR—Supporting Operational AIDS Research—conduct a private-sector costing of providing VMMC services in South Africa. The findings presented in this report provide a detailed investigation, through a comprehensive bottom-up approach, of the costs to private providers in offering VMMC to clients. Results from this study could inform discussion with private insurance providers in South Africa about standardization of VMMC tariffs. It also provides a strong rationale for reimbursing private sector providers for circumcisions of uninsured clients.
Tchuenche, Michel and Steven Forsythe. 2017. "Private sector costing of voluntary medical male circumcision in South Africa," Project SOAR Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR)