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Title: The impact of hearth failure on health care costs in Belgium
Authors: CLAES, Neree
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Peeters
Citation: Acta Cardiologica, 61(2). p. 222-223
Abstract: Heart failure (HF) is a serious public health problem all over the world. This chronic disease has a high prevalence, affects mainly the elderly and causes high mortality or severe disability with high economic costs. The aim of this study was to calculate the in-hospital costs due to HF in Belgium. Methods: Retrospective analysis of data from the national hospital registration system (MKG) for 2001. Cost calculations were performed using the data of the social insurance system (RIZIV). Results: In 2001, there were 19.398 admissions with HF as a primary diagnosis with a total in-hospital stay of 286.938 days, representing 12% of the total hospital days for cardiovascular diseases. The mean in-hospital stay for HF was 14.8 days. 51% of the patients were readmitted within the same year. The in-hospital mortality was 15.5%. The total in-hospital costs of HF as a primary diagnosis The impact of hearth failure on health care costs in Belgium. Conclusion: HF was responsible for a significant number of in-hospital days and in-hospital mortality. It has a significant impact on health care costs in Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/8054
DOI: 10.2143/AC.61.2.2014336
ISSN: 0001-5385
Category: M
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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