Economic Burden of Selected Diagnostic Imaging Methods in Oral Cancer

Martin Samohyl, Pavol Beno, Katarina Hirosova, Lubica Argalasova, Jana Jurkovicova


Objective: To analyse of proportion and economic burden of selected diagnostic imaging methods of oral cancer according to quarters and average percentage differences in the Slovak population in the period 2016-2017. Material and Methods: In this descriptive study, the data were retrieved from the information system of the largest public health insurance company on our request, which archives the cost and proportion of diagnostic imaging methods of oral cancer in Slovak population. It was evaluated 48,995 of selected diagnostic imaging methods (Computed Tomography [CT], Magnetic Resonance Imaging [MRI] and X-Ray) in the period 2016-2017. Results: The most frequently used diagnostic imaging method of oral cancer was magnetic resonance imaging method every quarters in 2016 and 2017 (53.7-54.7%) with slightly increasing trend in period 2016-2017. Mean economic burden of selected diagnostic imaging methods of oral cancer were 1,974,900€ for MRI method, 598,187€ for CT method and 5,394€ for RTG method in 2017. Decreasing trend of economic burden of diagnostic imaging method was found in MRI method and CT method in period 2016-2017. Conclusion: Our economic burden study provides a useful source for public health professional and clinicians in better understanding the economic burden of diagnostic methods in oral cancer.


Diagnostic Imaging; Mouth Neoplasms; Cost of Illnes.

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