COST OF HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION IN INDIA

Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, Dharma Choudhary, Nitin Gupta, Mayank Dhamija, Vipin Khandelwal, Gaurav Kharya, Anil Handoo, Rasika Setia, Arpita Arora
  • Sanjeev Kumar Sharma
    BLK Superspeciality Hospital, India
  • Nitin Gupta
    BLK Superspeciality Hospital,
  • Mayank Dhamija
    Affiliation not present
  • Vipin Khandelwal
    Affiliation not present
  • Gaurav Kharya
    Affiliation not present
  • Anil Handoo
    Affiliation not present
  • Rasika Setia
    Affiliation not present
  • Arpita Arora
    Affiliation not present

Abstract

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the definite cure for many hematological diseases. With the increasing indications for HSCT and its relatively low cost in Indian subcontinent, an increasing number of patients are opting for this procedure. We retrospectively analyzed the cost of one hundred sixty two HSCTs done at our center in the last three years. The median cost of autologous transplant was INR 7,52,294 (USD, $ 12,500) (range INR 6,19,850-14,17,212) and the median cost of allogenic transplant was INR 10,74,881 ($18,000) (range INR 6,49,944-23,82,227). The cost of HSCT is cheaper here compared to that in developed countries and success rates are nearly equivalent. The major factors contributing to the cost are related to the complications post-transplant mainly infections and graft versus host disease, which are also the reasons for the increased stay in the hospital.

Keywords

Cost effectiveness; Bone marrow transplantation; India

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