The economic burden of inflammatory heart disease in Korea

Seul Ki Ko, Seok-Jun Yoon, In Hwan Oh, Hye Young Seo, Eun Jung Kim

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Background and Objectives: The incidence of inflammatory heart diseases is not yet as high as those of other cardiovascular diseases; however, inflammatory heart diseases do have relatively high mortality rate. Therefore, update information on the economic burden of inflammatory heart diseases are necessary in order to appropriate policy making on these diseases. Materials and Methods: This study used a number of resources to obtain data, national health insurance statistics, the Korean Health Panel, and the causes of death report by the Korean National Statistical Office. The total costs of inflammatory heart diseases were estimated as the sum of direct medical care costs, direct non-medical care and indirect costs. Results: The total direct cost of inflammatory heart disease was higher in Korean men than that of Korean women and cost due to inpatient was higher than that of outpatients cost. The costs to cover premature death were highest among all of the components used to determine the total costs for inflammatory heart disease, representing 66.3% of these costs in Korea. Conclusion: Inflammatory heart disease has a relatively high mortality rate, and the costs that are associated with premature deaths consume the greatest proportion of the costs associated with this disease. In spite of some limitations of study, this could be a reliable evidence of economic burden of inflammatory heart disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)712-717
Number of pages6
JournalKorean Circulation Journal
Volume41
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1

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Korea
Heart Diseases
Economics
Costs and Cost Analysis
Premature Mortality
Mortality
Policy Making
National Health Programs
Health Care Costs
Inpatients
Cause of Death
Outpatients
Cardiovascular Diseases
Incidence
Health

Keywords

  • Cost of illness
  • Endocarditis
  • Inflammation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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The economic burden of inflammatory heart disease in Korea. / Ko, Seul Ki; Yoon, Seok-Jun; Oh, In Hwan; Seo, Hye Young; Kim, Eun Jung.

In: Korean Circulation Journal, Vol. 41, No. 12, 01.12.2011, p. 712-717.

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Ko, Seul Ki ; Yoon, Seok-Jun ; Oh, In Hwan ; Seo, Hye Young ; Kim, Eun Jung. / The economic burden of inflammatory heart disease in Korea. In: Korean Circulation Journal. 2011 ; Vol. 41, No. 12. pp. 712-717.
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