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Int Neurourol J. 2012 Mar;16(1):23-9. doi: 10.5213/inj.2012.16.1.23. Epub 2012 Mar 31.

Socioeconomic costs of overactive bladder and stress urinary incontinence in Korea.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

We quantified and described the economic burden of overactive bladder and stress urinary incontinence in Korea. We calculated direct costs by identifying public and private data sources that contain population-based data on resource utilization by patients with stress urinary incontinence and overactive bladder.

METHODS:

For estimating indirect costs (productivity loss), the human capital approach was applied. Data were collected from several institutes, including the Health Insurance Review Agency.

RESULTS:

The estimated total economic cost in treating overactive bladder was 117 billion Korean Won (KRW, the currency of South Koea) in 2006 and 145 billion KRW in 2007. The estimated total cost in treating stress urinary incontinence was 122 billion KRW in 2006 and 59 billion KRW in 2007.

CONCLUSIONS:

By quantifying the total economic costs of overactive bladder and stress urinary incontinence, this study provides an important perspective in Korea. Because the average age of the Korean population is rapidly increasing, this study provides important information on the direct and indirect costs of overactive bladder and stress urinary incontinence for an aging society.

KEYWORDS:

Costs and cost analysis; Overactive urinary bladder; Stress urinary incontinence

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