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The costs of breast cancer in a Mexican public health institution

Authors Gómez-Rico JA, Altagracia-Martínez M, Kravzov-Jinich J, Cárdenas-Elizalde R, Rubio-Poo C

Published 24 November 2008 Volume 2008:1 Pages 15—21


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Jacobo Alejandro Gómez-Rico1, Marina Altagracia-Martínez1, Jaime Kravzov-Jinich1, Rosario Cárdenas-Elizalde1, Consuelo Rubio-Poo2

1Universidad Autónoma Metropolitano–Xochimilco (UAM-X), Departments: Biological Systems and Healthcare, Biological and Health Sciences Division (DCBS); 2Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Faculty of Professional Studies-Zaragoza (FES-Zaragoza)

Abstract: Breast cancer (BC) is the second leading cause of death as a result of neoplasia in Mexico. This study aimed to identify the direct and indirect costs of treating female outpatients diagnosed with BC at a Mexican public hospital. A cross-sectional, observational, analytical study was conducted. A total of 506 medical records were analyzed and 102 were included in the cost analysis. The micro-costing process was used to estimate treatment costs. A 17-item questionnaire was used to obtain information on direct and indirect costs. Of the 102 women with BC included in the study, 92.2% (94) were at Stage II, and only 7.8% at Stage I. Total direct costs over six months for the 82 women who had modified radical mastectomy (MRM) surgury were US$733,821.15. Total direct costs for the 15 patients with conservative surgery (CS) were US$138,190.39. We found that the total economic burden in the study population was much higher for patients with MRM than for patients with CS.

Keywords: breast cancer, Mexican women, direct and indirect costs

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