Severe Forms of Fibromyalgia Prove Costly to Healthcare System in Germany, Study Finds

Severe Forms of Fibromyalgia Prove Costly to Healthcare System in Germany, Study Finds
The average cost of hospital care in Germany for patients with fibromyalgia with acute episodes of pain was reported in a new study to be 3,725.84 euros (roughly $4,163 in U.S. dollars), a high cost to the healthcare system. The study titled, “Severe forms of fibromyalgia with acute exacerbation of pain: costs, comorbidities, and length of stay in inpatient care,” was published in the journal ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research this month. Fibromyalgia is becoming increasingly more costly to healthcare systems in the European Union, with both high clinical staff costs and high medical and nonmedical infrastructure costs, according to the study. Researchers attributed the high costs to the higher amount of care required for patients who are diagnosed late in the disease process — too often the case in fibromyalgia, because it is a difficult condition to diagnose —  and the fact that patients also tend to have a high rate of other health conditions. “Studies show that patients with fibromyalgia often face a long road to diagnosis, even though early diagnosis can reduce the cost to health systems,” the authors wrote. The study analyzed costs for the inpatient care of 263 (247 female) patients with an average age of 54.78 years. The majority had stayed an average of 10-14 days in the hospital. Researchers also looked at the number of other conditions patients had, and what services contributed the most to driving up the cost of care for these patients. D
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