Economic Impact of Transluminal Angioplasty

Freiman, David B.; Freiman, Marc P.; Spence, Richard K.; McLean, Gordon K.; Berkowitz, Henry D.
November 1985
Angiology;Nov1985, Vol. 36 Issue 11, p772
Academic Journal
Using actual bills and follow-up records we attempted to determine the economic impact of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. The patients selected included forty angioplasties performed early in our experience as well as forty comparable patients who had operations in the same period of time. Clinical follow-up was obtained over four years. The statistics obtained demonstrate the hospital bills for angioplasty were only 24% that of surgical treatment for femoral lesions ($1,329.00 versus $6,112.00) and 16% for iliac lesions ($1,353.00 versus $7,732.00). Using this patient sample and readily available statistical data, we calculated direct national savings for using angioplasty on all patients suitable and used a standard value of life analysis to estimate the value of lives saved by doing the less dangerous procedure. The sum total savings in the United States from using angioplasty in all suitable candidates as opposed to surgery would be $180 million per year for femoral lesions and $117 million for iliac lesions. This could produce a significant savings in medical costs over the coming years.


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