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Schwarzkopf, L. ; Wacker, M. ; Holle, R. ; Leidl, R. ; Günster, C.* ; Adler, J.B.* ; Huber, R.M.*

Cost-components of lung cancer care within the first three years after initial diagnosis in context of different treatment regimens.

Lung Cancer 90, 274-280 (2015)
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Objectives: Although lung cancer is of high epidemiological relevance in Germany, evidence on its economic implications is scarce. Sound understanding of current care structures and associated expenditures is required to comprehensively judge the additional benefit of novel interventions in lung cancer care. Adopting a payer perspective, our study aims to analyze expenditures for individuals with incident lung cancer. Material and methods: Patients with an initial diagnosis of lung cancer (ICD-10 code C34) in 2009 were searched in a large, nationwide base of health insurance claims data and grouped according to initial treatment (Surgery, Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy, No specific treatment). All-cause SHI and lung cancer-related spending was assessed for a patient-individual three-year time frame after initial diagnosis. Expenditures per case and expenditures per year survived were calculated via Generalized Linear Gamma Models adjusted for age, gender, living region, baseline metastases, multiple tumors and initial treatment regimen using time under observation as a weighting factor. Results: 17,478 individuals were identified. Lung cancer-related expenditures peaked within the first six months after initial diagnosis. Following, they declined subsequently and so did their share in all-cause SHI spending. Lung cancer-related expenditures per case were estimated at €20,400 (53% of all-cause expenditures) with a huge variance according to initial treatment regimen [Surgery: €20,400, Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy: €26,300, No specific treatment: €4200]. Cost per year survived amounted to €15,500 (55% of all cause expenditures) [Surgery: €11,600, Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy: €20,200, No specific treatment: €7600]. Conclusion: Analyses of lung cancer-related expenditures need to take into account treatment strategies and survival. Our study is representative for a large share of the population and provides detailed, patient-level information on costs of care and their compilation. Results render estimates available for the cost of lung cancer e.g. for budget impact analyses, cost-effectiveness analyses of screening and prevention schemes, or prognostic models of life-time expenditures per lung cancer case.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Cost Of Illness ; Germany ; Health Insurance Claims Data ; Lung Cancer Incidence ; Spending ; Therapeutic Strategy
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0169-5002
e-ISSN 1872-8332
Zeitschrift Lung Cancer
Quellenangaben Band: 90, Heft: 2, Seiten: 274-280 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Elsevier
Verlagsort Amsterdam
Institut(e) Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management (IGM)
German Center for Lung Research (DZL)