[Tuberculosis-related hospitalization in Spain: a cost analysis]

Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin. Jun-Jul 2010;28(6):358-61. doi: 10.1016/j.eimc.2009.03.009. Epub 2009 Aug 15.
[Article in Spanish]


Objective: To evaluate the number and cost of hospitalizations due to tuberculosis occurring in the Spanish National Health System (NHS) during 1999 to 2006.

Methods: The specific diagnosis-related groups (DRG) for tuberculosis (DRGs 705, 709, 711 and 798-802) were analyzed.

Results: We observed a striking decrease in hospitalizations (-25%), concomitant tuberculosis-HIV infection (-8.7%), and tuberculosis-related deaths (-0.5%, NS). In addition, there was a drop in the absolute number of hospital admissions and overall cost (from 31.3 to 30.8 and from 40.6 to 40.1 million euro), and a significant decrease in the relative hospitalizations and cost with respect to the overall number and hospital budget (from 0.21% to 0.10% and from 0.15% to 0.07%).

Conclusions: There is a marked decrease in tuberculosis-related hospitalizations and mortality, but the disease remains a considerable health burden.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Hospitalization / economics*
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Spain
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / economics*
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / epidemiology*
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / therapy