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Malar J. 2012 Jan 2;11:1. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-11-1.

Costs analysis of the treatment of imported malaria.

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Department of Public Health, Jessenius Faculty of Medicine Comenius University, Sklabinska 26, 037 53 Martin, Slovak Republic. svihrova@jfmed.uniba.sk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To document the status of imported malaria infections and estimate the costs of treating of patients hospitalized with the diagnosis of imported malaria in the Slovak Republic during 2003 to 2008.

CASE STUDY:

Calculating and comparing the direct and indirect costs of treatment of patients diagnosed with imported malaria (ICD-10: B50 - B54) who used and not used chemoprophylaxis. The target sample included 19 patients diagnosed with imported malaria from 2003 to 2008, with 11 whose treatment did not include chemoprophylaxis and eight whose treatment did.

RESULTS:

The mean direct cost of malaria treatment for patients without chemoprophylaxis was 1,776.0 EUR, and the mean indirect cost 524.2 EUR. In patients with chemoprophylaxis the mean direct cost was 405.6 EUR, and the mean indirect cost 257.4 EUR.

CONCLUSIONS:

The analysis confirmed statistically-significant differences between the direct and indirect costs of treatment with and without chemoprophylaxis for patients with imported malaria.

PMID:
22212246
PMCID:
PMC3276413
DOI:
10.1186/1475-2875-11-1
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