Increase in health care cost and utilization observed among patients hospitalized for alcoholic liver disease
25 Jun 2014
Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is the most common indication of alcoholic liver disease and causes significant morbidity, mortality, and expense. According to this study, hospitalization due to AH increase, along with the healthcare cost and utilization. Data supporting this conclusion were collected from the National Inpatient Sample databases in a period of eight years. Researchers observed that there was an increase in total cases of AH-related hospitalization from 0.66 percent in 2002 to 0.83 percent in 2010, mainly caused by admission due to secondary diagnosis of AH. Majority of the cases were males. Assessing the cost of hospitalization, it was found that the average expense almost doubled from 2002 to 2010 and health insurance programs were the primary expected payers for these hospitalizations. In-hospital mortality rate due to AH reduce but the increase in healthcare cost and utilization were observed.