Preliminary Investigation of Economics Issues in Hospitalized Patients with Stroke

Zahra Tolou‑Ghamari, Vahid Shaygannejad, Fariborz Khorvash

Abstract


Background: The study of economics is important in Iranian stroke patients, because it is one of the costly diseases that could be linked to disability, mortality, and morbidity. The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate total treatment costs of hospitalized patients with stroke.

Methods: A cross‑sectional study of 24 patients conducted to Isfahan Neurosciences Research Centre was carried out between April 1, 2012 and September 31, 2012. Demographic (sex, age) and economic variables (Raise tariffs, accumulated surplus, the total amount, of patients’, patients’ paid, and home insurance contribution) were extracted from the patients’ profiles. All information recorded and processed using Excel.

Results: The mean age of patients was 71 years (ranged; 40‑93 years old). Preliminary analysis of available costs issues could be described as: Raise tariffs (mean: 3500256 Rial, ranged: 504460-9775455 Rial), accumulated surplus (mean: 565578 Rial, ranged: 56700‑2343664 Rial), the total amount (mean: 4045556 Rial, ranged: 715460‑12219119 Rial), of patients’ (mean: 756037 Rial, ranged: 0‑8365447 Rial), patients’ paid (mean: 1307762 Rial, ranged: 45300‑9193000 Rial), and home insurance contribution (mean: 3070713 Rial, ranged 0‑8887907 Rial).

Conclusions: The cost disparity within this study after stroke could be mainly connected to variations in duration of hospital stay. Inspecting agenda towards this direction could reduce the economic cost of stroke significantly. Therefore, further assessment correlated to attain strategies in order to reduce costs associated to patients’ paid and home insurance contribution could be much more advantageous.

Keywords: Economics, hospitalized patients, raise tariffs, stroke

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