Research Article

Cost of management of patients with haemophilia.

Br Med J 1976; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6033.465 (Published 21 August 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;2:465
  1. F Carter,
  2. C D Forbes,
  3. J D MacFarlane,
  4. C R Prentice

    Abstract

    The cost of managing 114 adult haemophiliacs in the west of Scotland was assessed for the period 1 March 1971 to 28 February 1974. Altogether 23 of them (20%) accounted for 80% of the resources used. The cost of hospital treatment of these patients during the period was compared with the predicted cost of home treatment, given the availability of freeze-dried factor VIII concentrate in sufficient amounts. We calculate that adequate on-demand home treatment would cost only 16% more than the present treatment, which is substantially less efficient.