Resource Use and Cost of Diagnostic Workup of Women with Suspected Breast Cancer
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2008
© 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
The Breast Journal
Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 85–92, January/February 2009
How to Cite
Lee, D. W., Stang, P. E., Goldberg, G. A. and Haberman, M. (2009), Resource Use and Cost of Diagnostic Workup of Women with Suspected Breast Cancer. The Breast Journal, 15: 85–92. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4741.2008.00675.x
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2008
- breast cancer;
- cost analysis;
Abstract: We estimated resource use and costs associated with a diagnostic workup for suspected breast cancer among Medicare beneficiaries. Using Medicare claims data, we found that the average cost of a diagnostic workup for suspected breast cancer—whether it eventuated in a breast cancer diagnosis or not—was $361, and did not vary by presentation (signs/symptoms or screening mammography). In the aggregate, we estimate that Medicare spends approximately $679 million annually on diagnostic workups for women with suspected breast cancer, and that false positive mammograms result in diagnostic costs of approximately $250 million.