Costs of treatment of colorectal cancer in different setting in Germany

Klaus Hieke, Ulrich R. Kleeberg, Martina Stauch, Axel Grothey

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the cost implications of different settings (inpatient outpatient/day clinic, or office-based oncologists) for the administration of standard fluoropyrimidine therapies, i.e., Mayo Clinic and Arbeitsgemeinschaft Intemistische Onkologie (AIO)/Ardalan regimen, and to compare the results with the cost of oral capecitabine in Germany. In total, 89 quarterly fee-listings from 26 patients provided by 5 office-based oncologists were analyzed. Physician's services, drug costs, pharmacy costs, and costs for implantable venous port systems and single-use pumps were considered. Findings were transferred to the hospital setting. A third-party payer perspective was applied. Quarterly treatment costs for the Mayo Clinic regimen varied between € 2,036 and € 10,569, and between € 1,294 and € 10,179 for the AIO/ Ardalan regimen depending on the treatment setting. Projected costs for capecitabine were € 2,338. No hospitalization was considered to be necessary for capecitabine due to its oral administration route. The most expensive treatment options were the AIO/Ardalan protocol in the office-based setting and the Mayo Clinic protocol in the hospital setting. Capecitabine emerged as the cheapest option in the office-based setting. Overall, the cheapest option was the AIO/Ardalan protocol in municipal hospitals. However, municipal hospitals are unlikely to cover their costs in this situation. Substantial cost savings without incurring losses to providers may be realized if patients are transferred from the hospital setting to the office-based setting and treated with capecitabine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-273
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Health Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2004


  • Colorectal neoplasms
  • Costs and cost analysis
  • Germany
  • Oral administration
  • Treatment setting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy


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