Two-year direct medical costs of stroke in Korea: a multi-centre incidence-based study from hospital perspectives.
Summary of "Two-year direct medical costs of stroke in Korea: a multi-centre incidence-based study from hospital perspectives."
Despite increasing socio-economic burden of stroke, few studies have investigated the costs associated with the stroke care in Korea. We estimated the two-year direct medical costs associated with stroke.
This was a multi-centre, incidence-based, retrospective observational study. We examined the records of all adult patients who were admitted in eight large hospitals throughout Korea due to acute stroke [I60: sub-arachnoid haemorrhage; I61: intracerebral haemorrhage; I62: other nontraumatic haemorrhage; I63: cerebral infarction, by The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD)-10] between 1 November and 31 December 2006. Direct medical inpatient and outpatient cost of each patient was extracted from the medical record and the reimbursement claim data of the hospital.
Out of 908 studied patients (14% diagnosed as I60, 18% as I61, 3% as I62, and 65% as I63), 460 (50·7%) were assessed for more than one-year. The annual average direct medical costs were Korean 8 114 471 US$8732) for the first year, and Korean 431 527 for the second year. The first year costs for haemorrhagic stroke (I60-I62) (Korean 13 090 179) were significantly higher than those associated with cerebral infarction (I63) (Korean 5 460 459), whereas the second year costs were not different. Factors independently associated with high cost were female gender, young age, and first stroke.
Direct medical costs for stroke in Korea were determined, which seem to be lower than those of other developed countries. Female gender, young age, and first stroke were factors related to higher stroke cost.
Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: International journal of stroke : official journal of the International Stroke Society
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22568522
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-4949.2012.00815.x
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
The expenses incurred by a hospital in providing care. The hospital costs attributed to a particular patient care episode include the direct costs plus an appropriate proportion of the overhead for administration, personnel, building maintenance, equipment, etc. Hospital costs are one of the factors which determine HOSPITAL CHARGES (the price the hospital sets for its services).
Direct Service Costs
Costs which are directly identifiable with a particular service.
The prices a hospital sets for its services. HOSPITAL COSTS (the direct and indirect expenses incurred by the hospital in providing the services) are one factor in the determination of hospital charges. Other factors may include, for example, profits, competition, and the necessity of recouping the costs of uncompensated care.
Costs And Cost Analysis
Absolute, comparative, or differential costs pertaining to services, institutions, resources, etc., or the analysis and study of these costs.
Medicine, Korean Traditional
Medical practice or discipline that is based on the knowledge, cultures, and beliefs of the people of KOREA.
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