Impact of catheter ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation on healthcare expenditures in a middle European cohort

Martinek, Martin, Pürerfellner, Helmut, Blessberger, Hermann and Pruckner, Gerald (2020) Impact of catheter ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation on healthcare expenditures in a middle European cohort. Europace (euz362). ISSN 1099-5129

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent arrhythmia in western countries. It is associated with increased mortality and morbidity and responsible for hospitalization rates of 10-40% per patient per year. Studies from the UK and the USA have shown that AF is responsible for ~1% of the total healthcare expenditures in these countries. The only potentially curative treatment is pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Published health economic data on the impact of PVI mainly consist of simulations of expenditures with assumed efficacy taken from ablation studies. Real expenditure data are missing as well as pre-ablation period data and long-term data.We analyse true healthcare expenditures based on inpatient and outpatient data from the Upper Austrian Health Insurance Fund social security system of patients undergoing PVI during 2005 to 2015. We identified 1135 patients undergoing PVI with 268 having multiple procedures. Days of hospitalization and days of sick leave started to rise in the year before ablation. PVI was able to lower both parameters to the level of 1 year before ablation. Comparing four quarters before and after a single-index ablation, a highly significant reduction in inpatient healthcare expenditures was documented. There was a significant, but numerically small increase in outpatient expenditures, resulting in a significant reduction in overall healthcare expenditures.Analysing a cohort of the Upper Austrian Health Insurance Fund undergoing PVI, we found significant cost-saving effects on post-interventional healthcare expenditures and a reduction in days of sick leave.
Item Type: Fachpublikation (peer reviewed)
Divisions: Ordensklinikum Linz Elisabethinen > Interne 2 - Kardiologie, Angiologie & Interne Intensivmedizin
Depositing User: OA Dr. Martin Matinek
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2020 11:30
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 11:30

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