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Recent Trends of Medical Expenses Associated with Radiation Therapy in Korea Based on HIRA Big Data / Journal of the Korean Cancer Association, 대한암학회지
Cancer Research and Treatment ; : 758-765, 2023.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-999794
ABSTRACT
Purpose@#We aimed to determine the trends in the use of radiotherapy (RT) and the expenses associated with it in South Korea. @*Materials and Methods@#The statistical data of the claims and reimbursement records provided on the Health and Insurance Review and Assessment Service website were utilized. This included information such as the number of patients, fractions, medical expenses according to treatment codes, in/outpatient, sex, age, and regions of hospitals. We analyzed data from 2016 to 2020. @*Results@#With a growing RT infrastructure and an increase in the number of radiation oncologists, the expenses for RT were 605.5 million USD in 2020, which had increased 1.5 times from 394.7 million USD in 2016. This growth was mainly because of the increased usage of advanced RT techniques. Furthermore, the proportion of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) expenses in the total expenses increased by 1.6 times from 48.8% in 2016 to 76.9% in 2020. Advanced techniques were used more commonly in older individuals or children. However, the proportion of IMRT expenses increased mostly in young women. Additionally, geographical differences in RT use and expense were observed, although the gap in the IMRT fractions decreased among the regions. @*Conclusion@#Recent medical expenses associated with RT in Korea have increased in tandem with technological advances and changes in demographics.
Full text: Available Index: WPRIM (Western Pacific) Language: English Journal: Cancer Research and Treatment Year: 2023 Type: Article

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Full text: Available Index: WPRIM (Western Pacific) Language: English Journal: Cancer Research and Treatment Year: 2023 Type: Article