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Volume 10, Number 6—June 2004

Research

Mycobacterium ulcerans Treatment Costs, Australia

Christina Drummond*Comments to Author  and James R.G. Butler†
Author affiliations: *Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; †Australian National University, Canberrra, ACT, Australia

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Table 2

Average direct cost for diagnosing and treating a patient with Mycobacterium ulcerans

Cost in Australian dollars, 1997–98 prices (percentage of column total)a
Mild case Moderate case Severe case All cases
No. of cases 12 8 6 26
Medical practitioner costs
   General practitioner visits 274 253 82 223
   Specialist visits 377 739 628 546
   Total visits 651 (10) 992 (6) 710 (3) 769 (5)
Other costs
Hospitalization 4,139 (61) 12,607 (76) 24,840 (90) 11,522 (79)
Dressings 1,134 (17) 1,206 (7) 1,230 (4) 1,178 (8)
Medications 357 (5) 959 (6) 449 (2) 561 (4)
Home nursing 458 (7) 680 (4) 211 (1) 468 (3)
Laboratory costs 49 (0.7) 57 (0.3) 31 (0.1) 47 (0.3)
Heat treatment 15 (0.2) 24 (0.1) 210 (0.8) 63 (0.4)
Total direct costs 6,803 (100) 16,525 (100) 27,681 (100) 14,608 (100)

aAny differences between totals and sums of components are due to rounding.

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