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Table 3 Cost calculator demonstrating the cost-minimization modeling on different diagnostic pathways

From: Cost-minimization modeling of venous thromboembolism diagnostics: performing limited compression ultrasound in primary health care reduces costs compared to referring patients to a hospital

Costs (€ per patient) Standard pathway LCUS pathway Difference (95% CI) p
Primary health care visit (time, monetized) 9.35 16.86 − 7.51 (− 8.46 to− 6.55)  < 0.001
Primary health care visit price (paid by municipalities) 96.00 139.64 − 43.64 (− 58.34 to – 28.94)  < 0.001
Primary health care visit price (paid by patient) 28.30 41.16 − 12.86 (− 17.20 to − 8.53)  < 0.001
Travel (time, monetized) 45.43 11.08 34.35 (30.32 to 38.38)  < 0.001
Travel expenses 361.73 93.21 268.53 (234.37 to 302.68)  < 0.001
Hospital visit (time, monetized) 66.07 0 66.07 (55.11 to 77.03)  < 0.001
Hospital visit price (paid by municipalities) 503.45 0 503.45 (503.45 to 503.45) 0.001
Hospital visit price (paid by patient) 41.20 0 41.20 (41.20 to 41.20) 0.000
Total costs 1151.53 301.94 849.59 (800.21 to 898.97)  < 0.001
Total costs assuming 60 patients per year 69,091.80 18,116.40 50,975.40