Burn care costing: the Welsh experience

Burns. 2009 May;35(3):378-82. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2008.08.012. Epub 2008 Oct 31.


It has been accepted for many years that the cost of care for the burn-injured patient is high. There is, however, little published data to show how "expensive" it is. At the Welsh Centre for burns we have undertaken a costing exercise in an attempt to define the true cost to the treatment of burns. Using our current cost base and activity, we established a cost per health related group (HRG) for burns and also prospectively calculated costs for three inpatients to determine whether HRG-based burn tariffs accurately represent these costs. The NHS is under increasing pressure to provide evidence to support budgetary requirements; we feel this paper offers a framework for burn care costing upon which calculations could be based.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Burn Units / economics*
  • Burns / economics*
  • Burns / therapy
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Critical Care / economics*
  • Female
  • Health Care Costs / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / economics*
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Economic
  • National Health Programs / economics*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Wales