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Costs of inguinal hernia repair associated with using different medical devices in the Czech Republic

Authors Marešová P, Peteja M, Lerch M, Zonca P, Kuca K

Received 9 May 2016

Accepted for publication 9 July 2016

Published 26 October 2016 Volume 2016:12 Pages 1593—1597


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 5

Editor who approved publication: Professor Garry Walsh

Petra Marešová,1 Matus Peteja,2 Milan Lerch,2 Pavel Zonca,2 Kamil Kuca3

1Department of Economics, Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, Hradec Kralove, 2Department of Surgical Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ostrava, Ostrava, 3Center of Basic and Applied Research, Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Objective: Inguinal hernia repair is one of the most frequently carried out operations worldwide. The purpose of this article is to analyze the costs of hernia repair and to specify the loss or profit made under the conditions in the Czech Republic with respect to the currently used medical devices and approaches.
Methods: This article is based on the Drummond and O’Brien methodology, which specifically determines the content of direct and indirect costs in health services. The costs of operations during the period 2010–2014 were specified for a total of 746 patients. The cost details are described for four patients who represent the use of different types of medical devices. The procedure was a laparoscopic surgery in all cases.
Results: The total costs of inguinal hernia repairs (as per 2015 currency conversion rate) are €1,248,579; only part is covered from public funds, resulting in a loss of €218,359 for the hospital. The obtained data indicate that this operation is unprofitable for hospitals under the present conditions. The loss in the subject facility amounts to 17% of the total cost, which is the cost incurred by the hospital in the Czech Republic.
Conclusion: The study conducted in the Czech Republic refers to different economic results when using various medical device types. So the medical device selection depends on advantages or disadvantages for the patients, as well as on the cost effectiveness for the hospital.

Keywords: hernia, laparoscopy, cost, medical device, Czech Republic

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