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Table 1 Three scenarios for intensification of obstetrics hospitals adopted in this study

From: The effect of concentrating obstetrics services in fewer hospitals on patient access: a simulation

Intensification scenario Factor(s) to be considered
Hospital volume (number of deliveries per hospital) Borders of Medical Service Area (MSA) Population coverage
Scenario 1: Retain facilities with higher volume of deliveries per hospital without considering the geographic boundaries of MSAs Yes No No
Scenario 2: Priority was first given to retaining at least one hospital in each MSA and then higher volume of deliveries per hospital Yes (secondary) Yes (primary) No
Scenario 3: Keep facilities to maximize population coverage without considering the number of deliveries per hospital or MSAs No No Yes