The cost of providing public services at a local hospital has been scrutinized by manage- ment. Although these services are used as marketing tools for the hospital, the cost and availability of scarce resources require their optimal allocation while minimizing costs. Two popular programs being assessed for this purpose are â€œFamily Planningâ€ (FP) and â€œHealth-Drive-Screeningsâ€ (HDS); their costs to the hospital for each offering are $200 and $400, respectively. The health care manager in charge of operations found three common patterns of resource consumption for each of these services and the available resources, shown in Table EX 10.2.
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