Economic Impact of Urolithiasis in the United States

J Urol. 1995 Dec;154(6):2020-4.


Purpose: We determined the economic costs to individuals in 1993 for the evaluation and treatment of upper urinary tract calculi.

Materials and methods: Hospital discharge statistics, prevalence data for urolithiasis and the relative frequency of surgical treatments from Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services claims data were assessed.

Results: The total charges for evaluation, hospitalization and treatment were estimated to be $1.23 billion per year. Professional charges for those who were hospitalized were estimated to be $183 million. Outpatient evaluation of urolithiasis was expected to cost $278 million. Indirect costs for lost wages were estimated to be $139 million.

Conclusions: The total annual cost for urolithiasis in the United States is estimated to be $1.83 billion.

MeSH terms

  • Cost of Illness*
  • Humans
  • United States
  • Urinary Calculi / economics*
  • Urinary Calculi / therapy