Prostate cancer - Prevalence-based healthcare costs

A Norlund, Thor Alvegård, T Lithman, Juan Merlo, D Noreen

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Objective: To calculate the total costs of in- and outpatient healthcare for patients with prostate cancer based on an episode-of-care approach. The cost analysis includes costs incurred during the first year of diagnosis, a longitudinal 3-year analysis and the incremental cost of prostate cancer during the first year of diagnosis. Material and Methods: Patients registered with prostate cancer between 1998 and 2000, according to the data files of the Southern Swedish Regional Tumour Registry, were given encrypted identifiers that could also be used in the Patient Administrative System of the Region Skane County Council, making it possible to identify consumption of healthcare on an episode-of-care basis. Itemized costs for resources used by each individual patient were calculated from the complete accounting system of the County Council. Results: Healthcare costs for prostate cancer during the first year varied between 45 000 and 51 000 SEK per patient. The second- and third-year costs were progressively lower, with an estimated total cost of 114 000 SEK over a period of 3 years. The age-standardized incremental cost of prostate cancer corresponded to 33 000 SEK during the first year, compared to the average cost per inhabitant. Conclusions: The episode-of-care approach, based on encrypted identifiers for the identification of the diagnoses of individual patients and their utilization of healthcare, gives a unique opportunity to estimate the healthcare costs of specific diseases. The incremental healthcare cost per patient with prostate cancer corresponded to 33 000 SEK during the first year.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-375
JournalScandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health


  • prostate cancer
  • costs
  • episode of care


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