Cost of Psoriasis
Title: Cost-of-illness in patients with moderate
and severe chronic psoriasis vulgaris in Germany.
Authors: Berger K, et al.
Publication: J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2005 Jul;3(7):511-8.
The authors wanted to assess the annual cost and cost per flare
up of psoriasis in Germany, for both outpatient and office-based
To do this, the author analyzed data from 17 treatment centers.
Out of 192 cases that could be analyzed, the authors found that
third-party payer reimbursed 864 € per patients annually,
60% for prescribed medication and 22% for hospitalization.
The patients themselves spent 596 € yearly mostly for alternative
therapies and over-the-counter medications and skin care products,
as well as for other expenses (ultraviolet light, clothes, or
Indirect cost per patient was 1,440 €annually and the total
annual cost per patient was 2,866 €. If the patient was
treated with systemic drugs (drugs that affect the whole body),
the annual cost is 4,985 €. If treated topically or with
phototherapy, then the cost is 1,173 €.
The authors concluded that the relatively high average yearly
cost of treating psoriasis indicated the need for more efficient
control, and could be the basis for economic assessment for future