Journal article

Funding analysis of bilateral autologous free-flap breast reconstructions in Australia

Shiba Sinha, Olivia Ruskin, David McCombe, Wayne Morrison, Angela Webb

Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Bilateral breast reconstructions are being increasingly performed. Autologous free-flap reconstructions represent the gold standard for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction but are resource intensive. This study aims to investigate the difference between hospital reimbursement and true cost of bilateral autologous free-flap reconstructions. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of patients who underwent bilateral autologous free-flap reconstructions at a single Australian tertiary referral centre was performed. Hospital reimbursement was determined from coding analysis. A true cost analysis was also performed. Comparisons were made considering the effect of timing, indication and co..

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