Health care and productivity costs for isolated tibia shaft fracture admissions in The Netherlands


Tibia fractures ; productivity loss ; age ; gender

Published online: Jan 09 2021

Mandala S. Leliveld, Suzanne Polinder, Martien J.M. Panneman, Michael H.J. Verhofstad, Esther M.M. van Lieshout

From the Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Trauma Research Unit Department of Surgery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


The aim of this study was to provide a detailed overview of age and gender specific health care costs and costs due to lost productivity for hospital admitted patients with an isolated tibia shaft fracture in The Netherlands between 2008 and 2012. Injury cases and length of hospital stay were extracted from the National Medical Registration. Information on extramural health care and work absence were retrieved from a patient follow-up survey on health care use. Medical costs included ambulance care, in- hospital care, general practitioner care, home care, physical therapy, and rehabilitation/nursing care. An incidence-based cost model was applied to calculate direct health care costs and lost productivity in 2012. Total direct health care costs for all patients admitted with a tibia shaft fracture (n = 1,635) were €13.6 million. Costs for productivity loss were € 23.0 million. Total costs (direct health care and lost productivity) per patient were highest for men aged 40-49 years mainly due to lost productivity, and for women aged > 80 years, due to high direct medical costs.