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The financial and health burden of diabetic ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations in Mexico.

Lugo-Palacios, David G; Cairns, John.
Salud Publica Mex; 58(1): 33-40, 2016 Jan-Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | Fev 2016 | ID: mdl-26879505
Resumo: OBJECTIVE: To estimate the financial and health burden of diabetic ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations (ACSH) in Mexico during 2001-2011. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified ACSH due to diabetic complications in general hospitals run by local health ministries and estimated their financial cost using diagnostic related groups. The health burden estimation assumes that patients would not have experienced complications if they had received appropriate primary care and computes the associated Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). RESULTS: The financial cost of diabetic ACSH increased by 125% in real terms and their health burden in 2010 accounted for 4.2% of total DALYs associated with diabetes in Mexico. CONCLUSION: Avoiding preventable hospitalisations could free resources within the health system for other health purposes. In addition, patients with ACSH suffer preventable losses of health that should be considered when assessing the performance of any primary care intervention.