Economic Burden on Public Health Expenditure of Patients with Pre-dialysis Chronic Kidney Disease at a Community Hospital


  • S Songsermlosakul Khlong Lan District Hospital
  • S Supakul Department of Pharmaceutical Care, Faculty of Pharmacy, Chiang Mai University
  • U Permsuwan Department of Pharmaceutical Care, Faculty of Pharmacy, Chiang Mai University


Chronic kidney disease, Pre-dialysis, Costs, Economic burden


Background : Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an emerging non-communicable diseases which poses economic burden to the country.

Objective : This study aimed to compare the actual costs of care for patients with pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease at Khlong-Lan hospital.

Methods : A retrospective analysis was conducted by using Khlong-Lan hospital information database. All costs of resource utilization of patients who had been diagnosed with stage 3-5 Pre-dialysis CKD from January 1 to December 31, 2016 were collected. These include the followings costs: medicine, cost of hospitalization (if any), blood & blood components, laboratory and pathology investigations, diagnostic radiology and radiotherapy, special diagnostic tests, medical equipment services, procedure and anesthesia services, nursing services, physical therapy services and medical supplies. Costs estimation was done by using 2 different sources (1) unit cost of Khlong-Lan hospital and (2) a standard list of costs for community hospital.

Results : Data from 215 patients with stage 3-5 Pre-dialysis CKD were obtained. The costs were adjusted to the 2018 fiscal year costs. The mean total cost (per person per year) estimated with the standard list of cost for community hospital was 25% lower than that estimated with the unit cost of Khlong-Lan hospital (5,611 and 7,478 Thai Baht respectively).

Conclusion : The cost of health care for patients with pre-dialysis CKD estimated with the standard list of cost for community hospital yielded lower amount than that based on unit cost of Khlong-Lan hospital.


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Songsermlosakul ส, Supakul ส, Permsuwan อ. Economic Burden on Public Health Expenditure of Patients with Pre-dialysis Chronic Kidney Disease at a Community Hospital. j dept med ser [Internet]. 2020 Mar. 30 [cited 2022 Aug. 15];45(1):71-7. Available from:



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