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Prevalence of psoriatic arthritis and costs generated by treatment of psoriatic arthritis patients in the public health system – the case of Poland

Filip Raciborski
Andrzej Śliwczyński
Anna Kłak
Brygida Kwiatkowska
Melania Brzozowska
Małgorzata Tłustochowicz

Reumatologia 2016; 54, 6: 278–284
Online publish date: 2016/12/30
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Objective: The objective of the study was to analyse the prevalence of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in Poland and to assess the costs generated by treatment of PsA patients in the system of public healthcare.

Material and methods: The analysis was based on the database of the public payer, the National Health Fund (NFZ). PsA was defined by the diagnostic ICD-10 codes M07 (Enteropathic arthropathies) and L40.5 (Psoriatic arthropathies). The estimate of the costs was based on the reports submitted to the NFZ by health service providers. The prevalence rates were calculated using the NFZ data and the population estimates from the Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS).

Results: In 2015, the prevalence of PsA (ICD-10: L40.5 and M07) in Poland was 3.2 per 10 000 population (3.7 in women and 2.6 in men). In 2015, nearly 7.3 thousand patients with the diagnosis of M07 and 6.3 thousand patients with the diagnosis of L40.5 received healthcare benefits. Women accounted for 60.6% of those patients. Nearly three fourths of PsA patients were aged 40 to 69 years with the median age of 54 years (56 years in women and 50 years in men). Between 2008 and 2015 the NFZ expenditure on the treatment of PsA increased from 6.6 million Polish zloty (PLN) (1.9 million EUR) to PLN 50.8 million (12.1 million EUR). In the same period, the number of PsA patients increased from 3.4 thousand to 11.9 thousand. In 2015, the mean cost of treatment per PsA patient was PLN 3.8 thousand.

Conclusions: The PsA prevalence rates estimated by the authors from the NFZ database are clearly lower than those derived from studies in other European countries, which may suggest that the actual number of PsA patients in Poland may be underestimated. Still the number of patients treated for PsA increased nearly 3.5-fold during 2008–2015, when the cost of PsA treatment rose more than 7 times.

psoriatic arthritis, epidemiology, increasing costs of treatment

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