PURPOSE: The authors analysed the impact of nonmedical costs (travel, loss of productivity) in an economic analysis of PET-CT (positron-emission tomography-computed tomography) performed with standard contrast-enhanced CT protocols (CECT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From October to November 2009, a total of 100 patients referred to our institute were administered a questionnaire to evaluate the nonmedical costs of PET-CT. In addition, the medical costs (equipment maintenance and depreciation, consumables and staff) related to PET-CT performed with CECT and PET-CT with low-dose nonenhanced CT and separate CECT were also estimated. RESULTS: The medical costs were 919.3 euro for PET-CT with separate CECT, and 801.3 euro for PET-CT with CECT. Therefore, savings of approximately 13% are possible. Moreover, savings in nonmedical costs can be achieved by reducing the number of hospital visits required by patients undergoing diagnostic imaging. CONCLUSIONS: Nonmedical costs heavily affect patients' finances as well as having an indirect impact on national health expenditure. Our results show that PET-CT performed with standard dose CECT in a single session provides benefits in terms of both medical and nonmedical costs.

Orlacchio, A., Ciarrapico, A.m., Schillaci, O., Chegai, F., Tosti, D., D'Alba, F., et al. (2014). PET-CT in oncological patients: Analysis of informal care costs in cost-benefit assessment. LA RADIOLOGIA MEDICA, 119(4), 283-289 [10.1007/s11547-013-0340-5].

PET-CT in oncological patients: Analysis of informal care costs in cost-benefit assessment

ORLACCHIO, ANTONIO;CIARRAPICO, ANNA MICAELA;SCHILLACI, ORAZIO;GUAZZARONI, MANLIO;SIMONETTI, GIOVANNI MARIA EGISTO
2014

Abstract

PURPOSE: The authors analysed the impact of nonmedical costs (travel, loss of productivity) in an economic analysis of PET-CT (positron-emission tomography-computed tomography) performed with standard contrast-enhanced CT protocols (CECT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From October to November 2009, a total of 100 patients referred to our institute were administered a questionnaire to evaluate the nonmedical costs of PET-CT. In addition, the medical costs (equipment maintenance and depreciation, consumables and staff) related to PET-CT performed with CECT and PET-CT with low-dose nonenhanced CT and separate CECT were also estimated. RESULTS: The medical costs were 919.3 euro for PET-CT with separate CECT, and 801.3 euro for PET-CT with CECT. Therefore, savings of approximately 13% are possible. Moreover, savings in nonmedical costs can be achieved by reducing the number of hospital visits required by patients undergoing diagnostic imaging. CONCLUSIONS: Nonmedical costs heavily affect patients' finances as well as having an indirect impact on national health expenditure. Our results show that PET-CT performed with standard dose CECT in a single session provides benefits in terms of both medical and nonmedical costs.
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Settore MED/36 - Diagnostica per Immagini e Radioterapia
English
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Contrast Media; Cost-Benefit Analysis; Efficiency; Female; Fluorodeoxyglucose F18; Humans; Italy; Male; Middle Aged; Multimodal Imaging; Positron-Emission Tomography; Questionnaires; Radiopharmaceuticals; Tomography, X-Ray Computed; Travel; Costs and Cost Analysis
Orlacchio, A., Ciarrapico, A.m., Schillaci, O., Chegai, F., Tosti, D., D'Alba, F., et al. (2014). PET-CT in oncological patients: Analysis of informal care costs in cost-benefit assessment. LA RADIOLOGIA MEDICA, 119(4), 283-289 [10.1007/s11547-013-0340-5].
Orlacchio, A; Ciarrapico, Am; Schillaci, O; Chegai, F; Tosti, D; D'Alba, F; Guazzaroni, M; Simonetti, Gme
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