Silver Book Fact

Direct medical costs for treatment of atrial fibrillation, 2001

The direct medical costs for ambulatory and outpatient treatment of atrial fibrillation patients in 2001 was  an estimated $1.76 billion. Office visits accounted for 66% of those costs, emergency department visits for 17%, and hospital outpatient department visits for 16%.

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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