Table 4

Unit cost, number of users and mean cost per patient in different cost categories

Cost Category

Average unit cost per category

Total n. of user (% of total sample)

Cost by cases (% of total costs)

Cost by controls (% of total costs)

Δ (Δ/controls)

P value*


Drugs

3.91

139

1,158 (6%)

315 (3%)

843 (2.7)

0.000

Antibiotics

2.76

108

477 (3%)

178 (2%)

299 (1.7)

0.000

Supplies

34.5

140

407 (2%)

274 (3%)

133 (0.5)

0.116

Medical procedures

785.6

38

130 (1%)

301 (3%)

-171(-0.6)

0.899

Surgeries

5968

32

1,728 (9%)

904 (10%)

824 (0.9)

0.607

Diagnostic tests

64.24

137

391 (2%)

232 (3%)

159 (0.7)

0.009

Lab exams

12.4

134

264 (1%)

93 (1%)

171 (1.8)

0.000

Special visits

16.53

55

26 (0%)

11 (0%)

15 (1.4)

0.019

Hospital stay

TIPO

1140.07

14,137 (78%)

6,957 (77%)

7,180 (1.0)

0.000

ID

350.91

RIA

1090.68

UCC

550.11

Total Direct Healthcare Costs

18,241

9,087

9,154 (1.0)

0.000


* Student t test on log transformed data

Tarricone et al. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation 2010 8:8   doi:10.1186/1478-7547-8-8

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