Economic Impact of Urolithiasis in the United States

Joseph Y. Clark, Ian M. Thompson, Scott A. Optenberg

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Purpose: We determined the economic costs to individuals in 1993 for the evaluation and treatment of upper urinary tract calculi. Materials and Methods: Hospital discharge statistics, prevalence data for urolithiasis and the relative frequency of surgical treatments from Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services claims data were assessed. Results: The total charges for evaluation, hospitalization and treatment were estimated to be $1.23 billion per year. Professional charges for those who were hospitalized were estimated to be $183 million. Outpatient evaluation of urolithiasis was expected to cost $278 million. Indirect costs for lost wages were estimated to be $139 million. Conclusions: The total annual cost for urolithiasis in the United States is estimated to be $1.83 billion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2020-2024
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Urology
Volume154
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

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Urolithiasis
Economics
Costs and Cost Analysis
Urinary Calculi
Salaries and Fringe Benefits
Urinary Tract
Hospitalization
Outpatients
Therapeutics
Health

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  • Urology

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Clark, J. Y., Thompson, I. M., & Optenberg, S. A. (1995). Economic Impact of Urolithiasis in the United States. The Journal of Urology, 154(6), 2020-2024. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-5347(01)66680-1

Economic Impact of Urolithiasis in the United States. / Clark, Joseph Y.; Thompson, Ian M.; Optenberg, Scott A.

In: The Journal of Urology, Vol. 154, No. 6, 1995, p. 2020-2024.

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Clark, JY, Thompson, IM & Optenberg, SA 1995, 'Economic Impact of Urolithiasis in the United States', The Journal of Urology, vol. 154, no. 6, pp. 2020-2024. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-5347(01)66680-1
Clark, Joseph Y. ; Thompson, Ian M. ; Optenberg, Scott A. / Economic Impact of Urolithiasis in the United States. In: The Journal of Urology. 1995 ; Vol. 154, No. 6. pp. 2020-2024.
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