Relevance of health economics in breast cancer treatment - the view of certified breast centres and their patients.
Michael Lux, Thomas Hildebrandt, Elke Beyer-Finkler, Mayada Bani, Christian Loehberg, Sebastian Jud, Claudia Rauh, Michael Schrauder, Peter Fasching, Matthias Beckmann
Breast Care | Published : 2013
Breast cancer centres - certified in accordance with the criteria of the German Cancer Association and the German Mastology Association - are established throughout Germany. Although the setting up of centres and the subsequent need for certification are associated with a marked increase in costs, initial data show positive effects on quality. Certified centres are cost-effective from the point of view of health economics - they lead to improved quality in processes and results without creating any increase in costs for the funding bodies. However, the organization of the necessary structures, with interdisciplinary treatment, documentation and quality-assurance measures, requires considerab..View full abstract